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FBI investigating Dallas PD shooting of mentally ill man

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The FBI is investigating the controversial shooting by Dallas police of a mentally ill man.

The FBI is examining whether the civil rights of Bobby Bennett, 52, was violated when a DPD officer shot and wounded him last week.

Court records show the officer claimed Bennett was aggressive and lunged at officers with a pocket knife, but a surveillance video from a neighbor's house doesn't match that account.

Bennett was originally charged with assault on a public servant, but the charges were dropped after the video aired on local TV stations.

Chief David Brown said he cannot comment until the department's investigation into the shooting is finished.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in an email, "I have viewed the surveillance video of Mr. Bennett's shooting and found it disturbing...I'm confident... the Dallas Police Department will move forward with its criminal investigation."

Bennett's mother has said she wanted an apology from Dallas police, but now says it's been too long.

"But I wouldn't want to have to be made to do that," Joyce Jackson said, "I would just in my heart know what's right and what's wrong."

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