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Grand Prairie police accused of excessive force

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -

An excessive force complaint following the arrest of a woman and teen in Grand Prairie last month has led to an internal affairs investigation.

It all started on Jan. 16 at about 10:30 p.m. when police answered a call about a suspicious black male walking down the street. At the time, 17-year-old Quinton Jackson was leaving Shalanda Talley's home.

He was questioned by officers.

"You're doing the same thing. You're walking up and down the street," an officer said according to video of the event.

"But my family lives here. What you mean?" the teen replied.

"But, you're in the roadway," the officer said.

Talley said she went outside to see what was happening, went back inside and then went outside for a second time when a second officer drove up.

"He tells me Officer Gambino wants me out to the street for disorderly conduct. I tell him I'll go in and come back. I need shoes and clothes on. I went in. He follows me," she said.

Talley said she called 911 for a supervisor.

Meanwhile, the first officer put Jackson in a squad car and then went to the house to back up the second officer.

"And I had the phone in my hand. He knocked the phone out of my hand," Talley said.

The first officer's microphone picked up the confrontation that followed.

"You're under arrest. Turn around. You're under arrest. Turn around," he said.

"For what," Talley asked.

She said he grabbed her and pulled her through her laundry room where she fell over. Then he grabbed her arm, flipped her over and dragged her out of the house.

With Talley in custody, the first officer went back to the teen, who tried to plead his case to no avail.

"I don't even sell drugs or nothing. Drug test me sir. I don't even smoke," Jackson said.

"She got you arrested," the officer said.

"Damn man," the teen replied.

"I was gonna write you a citation, but I very well couldn't deal with you and deal with her," the officer said.

With a crowd gathering and screaming at police, the officer told backup officers Talley started it all.

"She's cussing at me saying f@#$%&! police only do this, only do that. She started this riot," he said.

In the end Talley was arrested for disorderly conduct and Jackson was arrested for being a pedestrian in the roadway where sidewalks are provided.

The NAACP believes it's a case of excessive force.

The Grand Prairie Police Department refused to talk about the incident until the internal affairs investigation is complete. But in documents provided by the NAACP, officer said Talley cursed at them and used racial slurs, which she denies.

The second officer wrote in his report that he had to grab the laundry room walls and hold on as a barrier so that the first officer could arrest Talley and get her out the door as a crowd of people surrounded them.

Jackson is apparently friends with Talley's daughter. Coincidentally, she just completed the Grand Prairie Police Department's teen academy program.

 

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