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Family: Police roughed up the wrong man

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A Mesquite man is complaining about being mistaken for a robbery suspect. He said he was roughed up and Dallas police officers scared his family.

Damon Williams was detained Sunday afternoon as he tried to take out his trash at the Eastfield Plaza Apartments.

Police were searching for a robbery suspect who had run into the complex. Mesquite officers were assisting the Dallas Police Department and they stopped Williams because his clothes somewhat matched the suspect's description.

"The police officer from Dallas come up behind me while I'm telling my kids to stop crying, it's gonna be okay. For no apparent reason grabbed me around my neck, choke slammed me on the ground," he said.

Shaky cellphone video shows a Mesquite officer with a stun gun on display.

Also, as an officer handcuffed Williams, his 9-year-old son ran to him. Another officer grabbed the boy by his arm and pulled him away.

A small crowd of people gathered yelling at the officers.

Williams' wife showed up asking questions about why he was being detained, but she said police would only respond with, "I need you to step back."

The family said that's when a Dallas officer went to his trunk and brought out a long black gun.

The cellphone video does not show the weapon, but it does show the open truck of a Dallas squad car.

"Everybody in the apartments is there. I'm totally embarrassed. I live over here. I pay bills, you know what I'm saying. So why I have to get treated like that?" Williams said.

He was never arrested and released about an hour later.

"When he get ready to leave there wasn't no, 'I'm sorry, mistaken identity,' or anything. They just hopped in the car and left," he said.

On Monday Williams and his wife went to the Dallas Police Department to file a complaint. They are troubled because no one offered an apology for what they experienced.

"That's what bothered us the most. They didn't have the dignity to say, 'I'm sorry. We was wrong. I have the wrong person. I apologize,'" China Williams said.


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