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Dallas PD officers, local officials voice concerns on deadly force policy

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Hundreds of officers attended a closed door session at the Dallas Police Association on Tuesday to voice concerns about the department's deadly force policy.

DPA President Ron Pinkston said rank and file officers are confused about DPD's deadly force policy in the wake of the firing of officer Amy Wilburn.

Police dash cam video that shows the end of the police chase in December was released on Tuesday by the department.

After the driver of the stolen car bails out, Sr. Cpl. Wilburn runs up and fires into the car, wounding 19-year-old Kelvion Walker – the unarmed man who said he had both hands up.

The video doesn't show what happened inside the car, but an independent witness backed Walker's account of events.

Wilburn's attorney said Walker didn't have both hands visible and that she fired in fear of her life, consistent with the deadly force policy.        

A local state representative and city councilman attended Tuesday's meeting and were open to the concerns of the officers.

 "With these new policies they have implemented you have this distinction between what is fear and reasonable fear," said State Rep. Jason Villalba of Dallas. "So the officer must have reasonable fear in order to utilize deadly force. But in a reasonable fear situation, who determines that?"

Newly elected Dallas councilman Rick Callahan said he will urge discussion about Dallas police's deadly force policy and training at City Hall.

"They're obviously concerned about the policy where they don't think they can go and freely do their jobs," Callahan. "I think there's a sense of hesitancy."

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said via Twitter to FOX4 "we are listening to officers....but we can't shoot anyone who surrenders with their hands up" and "shooting unarmed suspects who have their hands up is not consistent with our policy."

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