Dallas Police Chief David Brown spoke out for the first time Wednesday about his decision to release dash cam video of a controversial police shooting.
Officer Amy Wilburn, who's in that video, was fired for not following proper procedure when she shot an unarmed passenger, Kelvion Walker, at the end of a carjacking and chase. The video shows Wilburn rushing up to a stolen car, drawing her gun and shooting Walker.
Walker survived and is now suing the city, while Wilburn's attorney says her rights were violated.
The use of deadly force is the debate being talked about. The Dallas Police Association says a lot of officers are now thinking twice about using deadly force because they don't want to get fired and possibly face criminal charges if they do.
Chief Brown, however, says the video confirms what Officer Wilburn did wrong, and what other cops can learn from it.
"We have to look at this from a training standpoint…protect officers and citizens," said Brown.
Brown says his initial intent was only to release the video to officers.
"So many lessons could be learned from some of the failures you see in the video of Officer Wilburn that you really don't have a good reason not to show officers things to do to stay alive," he said.
But Brown has faced criticism from Wilburn's attorney, Robert Rogers, for later releasing the video to the public on Facebook.
"Chief Brown ignores basic officer rights, due process and long-standing investigative protocol by prematurely releasing importance evidence," said Rogers.
Pete Schulte, an attorney and reserve deputy who has been following the case, says Wilburn should not have run up to the stolen vehicle, even though it was rolling.
"I think this is a great training video," said Schulte. "For someone who still teaches at the police academy, this is, unfortunately, a good example of how not to do it."
Brown believes such videos will be helpful in reality-based training in the future. Currently, it's required every two years, but the chief says he'd like to see that training sooner.
Wilburn is appealing her termination and is expected to meet with the city manager soon. At this point, the Dallas County District Attorney has not charged her criminally.
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