DALLAS, Tex. – Officers say a man lunged at them before opening fire, but a neighbor’s surveillance video shows that report may be up for debate. On Monday earlier this week, officers responded to a call from Joyce Jackson who needed assistance after her son, Bobby Bennett, pulled a swivel chair into a cul-de-sac and had a pocket knife on him.
KDFW reports Jackson was fearful that Bennett, who suffers from schizophrenia, may have attempted to hurt himself. Surveillance video shows the officers arrive and Bennett pushes a distance away from them in the chair and then stands up with his arms to his side before falling to the ground.
Officer Cardan Spencer detailed in his report that Bennett did not drop his knife and moved toward them in a threatening manner. Bennett remains in a hospital ICU in serious condition and his mother, who originally called police, says the police report is deceitful.
“They’re lying. They’re covering up again. Once against with the Dallas police they’re covering up with lies and lies and more lies,” Jackson told KDFW’s James Rose.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a statement the Officer Spencer is on indefinite administrative leave while the department investigates the incident. Previous aggravated assault charges filed against Bennett have also been dropped according to KDFW.