Dallas Officers Charged In Alleged Beating
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GREENE: Hi, Wade.
WADE GOODWYN: Hello.
GREENE: But those two officers, Kevin Randolph and Paul Bauer, are going to be charged with assault, official oppression and tampering with physical evidence. And Randolph was fired because he is a new officer still on probation.
GREENE: So the driver not initially cooperative but eventually stops, and then we see the violence happening.
GOODWYN: Right. There's a third officer who's going to be charged. He's being charged with tampering with physical evidence. And then there are three more officers on restricted duty pending further investigation.
GREENE: Well, Police Chief David Brown in Dallas was pretty adamant today that this type of behavior by officers will not be tolerated. What other official reaction has there been to the incident?
GOODWYN: And that did not happen here. This might have gone unreported, except for somebody inside the police department tipped off a supervisor. So somebody who is either involved in the arrest or heard about the arrest kind of quietly turned anonymous whistleblower.
GREENE: And we should say that this incident, even though the videotape is making news today, happened what, a week or so ago?
GOODWYN: Yes, September 5th.
GREENE: And the police chief, David Brown, also appealed for calm today, asked citizens to examine all of the evidence in the case before coming to conclusions. Obviously, there's concern about reaction to this tape in the black community in the city.
GOODWYN: The officers involved are white, the motorcycle rider is black. But there was no racial slurs you could hear while the beating was going on. So while you might be able to infer that race was a factor in this, and I think many people here are inferring that, there is as of yet no direct evidence.
GREENE: And real briefly, Wade, what happens next?
GOODWYN: Well, the - more investigation. The FBI is coming in. The Dallas Police Department Internal Affairs is going to investigate. So I'm sure we're not done yet.
GREENE: Thank you, Wade.
GOODWYN: It's my pleasure.
GREENE: NPR's Wade Goodwyn reporting from Dallas.
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