June 23, 2018
How did the conversation go between the guys hiring the first nig cop?
“Hey, you know those mentally retarded violent animals we have all over the country?”
“The ones who murder, rape, steal, and do all manner of other crimes?”
“Yeah, let’s give them badges and guns to see if they become useful members of society.”
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett on Thursday released body camera video that shows a police shooting that wounded a 9-year-old girl and led to a Wichita officer being fired in January.
Dexter Betts was at the girl’s home in response to a 911 call on Dec. 30 when he shot twice at her dog, a 35- to 40-pound English bull terrier named Chevy. The girl was sitting behind the dog on the floor in the living room. Three other children were also in the room.
Betts’ rounds missed their target. But bullet fragments that ricocheted off of the concrete floor under the carpet hit the 9-year-old’s face above her eye, injuring her.
Betts defense attorney has said the dog was attacking the officer.
An attorney for the girl’s family, Charley O’Hara, has previously told The Eagle that the girl was directly in Betts’ line of sight and line of fire when he pulled the trigger. The body camera video Bennett released Thursday in response to a request from The Eagle shows the girl partially illuminated by Betts’ flashlight in the moments before the shooting.
The footage shows Betts and another officer approaching the house with flashlights and going in through the front door. Two of the children are standing in front of a television in the living room. The girl is sitting on the floor in front of a couch. Betts checks the hallway and a few rooms quickly then returns to the living room.
“Ok, we got a dog inside here, too,” he says on the video.
Right after, Betts shouts “Whoa! Whoa!” The camera swings over to show a dog moving on the floor between Betts and the girl. It barks. Betts fires two shots.
The girl immediately wails, “Ow! Ow! Ow, you hurt my eye! Ow! Ow!”