Family Seeks Justice For Woman Who Died In Dallas Police Custody

Austin York
November 07, 2019 - 5:37 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - A family wants answers after Dallas police release video of a woman who died in their custody.

Dallas police say they have disciplined an officer for actions before the woman's death in their custody last year. Diamond Ross, 34, died after being arrested in August of 2018.

Dallas police have now released body camera video and surveillance video from the detention center where Ross was taken. Dallas police say the video is "disturbing" and shows the officer who arrested Ross never buckled her into the police car and did not seek medical help immediately when she became unresponsive.

Video from inside the detention center shows officers drag Ross into a holding cell and leave her on the ground. They return with a wheelchair. Two officers pick Ross up and lift her into the chair.

Paramedics arrived 12 minutes later.

The medical examiner says Ross died from a drug overdose. The district attorney declined to file charges against the officer because the death was ruled accidental, but Dallas police say that officer "was disciplined for his behavior during this incident."

The department did not explain the discipline and did not say why Ross was being arrested.

"The Dallas Police Department is committed to ensuring excellence during its delivery of service by holding members of our department accountable," Dallas police wrote in a statement.

Dallas police say they released the video "in an effort to be transparent" but only did so after notifying Ross' family.

But Ross' mother Ethalynn says police have said very little to her and what she sees in the video brings up painful emotions.

"It makes me angry. It hurts to see this. I am upset the way police handled this," she says. "Everyone knows someone on drugs needs help. She wasn't a threat to them."

Ross' niece says they want to speak to chief Renee Hall and want the officer involved to be fired.

"We want to know about the officer’s training, and this neglect. They could have chosen to do other things instead of sit there and talk to each other."

Dallas police responded by saying the following:

The involved arresting officers are:

1- Police Senior Corporal Larry Moody, #9291 – joined the department 11/2007

IAD allegations – Improper Transport and Failed to Provide Medical Treatment

Discipline action taken – Written Reprimand

2- Police Trainee Officer William Ortega, #11359 – joined the department 7/2017. IAD allegations – Improper Transport.