Former Mesquite Police Officer Indicted by Grand Jury for Shooting Unarmed Black Man
A former police officer in Mesquite has been indicted for the shooting of an unarmed black man who was mistaken for breaking into his own pick-up truck. According to CBS DFW, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson announced on Wednesday, December 6, that former Mesquite police officer Derick Wiley was charged for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant. The incident occurred on the November 8th shooting of Lyndo Jones who was trying to get into his own truck.
Authorities responded to a report about a man breaking into a vehicle, which triggered the alarm system. When officers arrived, they found Jones sitting in his truck. An altercation occurred in which Jones was shot and wounded. Wiley turned himself in and posted $300,000 bond. If convicted he could face up to five years to life in prison.
District Attorney Johnson noted that this is the third police brutality incident of a police officer in Dallas County over a year and a half. There are charges against an ex-Farmers Branch Officer who is accused of chasing and killing a teenager he thought was breaking into a vehicle, and a former Balch Springs cop who was charged with the murder of Jordan Edwards as he was shot driving away from a party this past spring.
Last Thursday, a federal judge sentenced former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager to 20 years in prison for the 2015 killing of Walter Scott, according to CNN.
In spite of everything that has occurred, Lyndo Jones is very thankful to be alive and has a long road to recovery from his injuries. In the meantime I will continue to pray that cooler heads will prevail in the hopes to reduce unfortunate incidents with the police because in the end, nobody wins.