Family Preparing To Sue City Of Dallas After Woman Dies In Police Custody

Austin York
November 08, 2019 - 5:34 pm
Diamond Ross

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DALLAS (KRLD) - A family is preparing to sue the city of Dallas after a woman dies in police custody.

On Wednesday, police released a video of the arrest of 34-year-old Diamond Ross. A medical examiner ruled she died from a drug overdose.

Her family claims her life could have been saved if officers had given her medical attention, instead of simply putting her in a cell. Justin Moore is the family's attorney and calls for an outside agency to investigate the police department.

"They have shown they don't have any type of interest towards finding justice when it comes to these issues. So we can't trust them with an investigation. Secondly, when we say we can't trust them with finding justice, that's a systemic problem within the department." Moore says.

One officer was disciplined for the incident, another resigned after being investigated.

City Manager TC Broadnax provided this statement:

The Dallas Police Department, like other departments, is working to develop or improve protocols on the issues raised in the video released yesterday. Chief Hall and I are both concerned about the complexities of arrests when the person detained has a medical emergency. These situations represent a huge percentage of the events our officers confront, and they are extraordinarily difficult. I have asked the Chief to examine the practices and training now being employed and identify policy recommendations to ensure that incidences like this do not occur in the future.

Second, we are confronted with demands for the release of all available video related to an arrest or crime. It is challenging but we must manage these demands on a case-by-case basis. I have challenged the chief to work with the City Attorney’s Office to establish rules, procedures and best practices that will offer transparency for the public but also be reasonable to maintain integrity in the judicial process.

Chief Hall is working to address departmental protocols and the process for releasing police video footage. I look forward to her recommendations for change to continue our focus on transparency.