Deanna Cookâs family has called a 9:30 a.m. press conference, during which they will undoubtedly discuss lawsuit you will find below. It was filed this morning in Dallas federal court, one month after Cook was slain during a 911 call to police â" a call so mishandled Dallas Police Chief David Brown was forced to fire one 911 operator and suspend another after apologizing to Cookâs family.
The 29-page suit provides its own moment-by-moment account of what attorney Aubrey âNickâ Pittman says occurred on August 17, as the 32-year-old mother of two was âscreaming at the top of her lungs in fear, begging for assistance from the 9-1-1 Call Centerâ while being attacked in her home. Says the suit, myriad 911 call center employees mishandled the call, not just those disciplined by Brown. The suit names them as defendants, as well as the Dallas Police officers who went to Cookâs home on August 17, couldnât find her and then âleft without performing any additional investigation of Ms. Cookâs whereabouts, her residence, or her 9-1-1 call.â Cookâs body was found two days later.
The suit contains myriad allegations that transcend this single incident. For instance, the complaint alleges that âupon information and belief, the CITY OF DALLAS has a policy, practice, or custom of law enforcement that provides less protection or assistance to female victims in high crime and predominantly minority-race neighborhoods than to victims in other neighborhoods.â And it says, in short, that by allowing Cookâs call to go unanswered, the city and DPD violated her constitutional rights. Says the complaint:
Defendant CITY OF DALLAS, as applicable, failed and refused to implement customs, policies, practices or procedures, and failed to train its personnel adequately on the appropriate policies, practices or procedures regarding the handling of 9-1-1 domestic violence and bodily harm calls. In so doing, Defendant CITY OF DALLAS knew that it was acting against the clear dictates of current law, and knew that as a direct consequence of their deliberate decisions, the very situation that occurred â" i.e., death to the 9-1-1 caller â" in all reasonable probability would occur.
The family is asking for a jury trial and unspecified damages covering everything from actual loss to âloss of affection, consortium, comfort, financial assistance, protection, affection and care.â No doubt weâll have more from the morning press conference; till then, the suit is below.
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