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Family of man run over by Dallas police speak out on officer's firings

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The family of a man who was allegedly run over by a Dallas police officer are relieved the officer is being held accountable, but say there's still a long way to go before justice is served.

Dallas police chief David Brown fired officers Michael Puckett and Bryan Burgess on Tuesday. Burgess was jailed and charged with vehicular homicide and the FBI is investigating possible civil rights violations.

Fred Bradford, Jr., 51, was killed when a DPD squad car collided with the bike Bradford was riding.

"I feel that justice is on the way to being served," said Virginia Bradford, Fred's mother.

Bradford was on his bike when Puckett and Burgess started chasing him. The officer said they saw Bradford stick his hand in a car.

Puckett ran after Bradford, while Burgess drove a squad car. There was a collision and Bradford was seriously hurt and eventually died from those injuries. The two officers claimed he'd run into the squad car.

"He's gonna pay for the crime that he did. He took my brother's life. It was uncalled for and now he has to pay for that," said Sheila Bradford-Ewing, Fred's sister.

Chris Livingston, the lawyer representing the fired officers, said Burgess should not have been charged with a crime before a grand jury was able to hear the facts of the case.

"Give a third party the chance to make a decision," Livingston said.

The Bradford's previously filed a $1 million wrongful death lawsuit in the case.

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