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Dallas officers: Jokes during deadly arrest were 'strategy'

9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Friday, August 02 2019 Aug 2, 2019 August 02, 2019 2:11 PM August 02, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

DALLAS (AP) - Two Dallas police officers involved in the arrest of a 911 caller who died in custody told commanders they mocked the handcuffed man as part of a "strategy" to get him to respond.

Body camera video shows officers pinning 32-year-old Tony Timpa to the ground on Aug. 10, 2016. They crack jokes as he screams, then goes limp and silent.

At a recorded disciplinary hearing, the officers acknowledged mocking Timpa and said it was the wrong approach. They do not identify themselves.

A lawyer for Timpa's family provided the audio to The Associated Press after obtaining it as part of a federal lawsuit against the officers and city of Dallas.

Three officers were indicted in Timpa's death, but prosecutors dismissed the charges and they have returned to active duty.

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