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As a former Dallas cop, was found not guilty of assault in the death of a 21-year-old woman driving a stolen car in January of 2017, according to the report.
By Christopher Hess, the first Dallas officer in more than four decades and being charged in a fatal police shooting, was charged with aggravated assault by a public officer in the fatal shooting death of Genevive Dawes.
Christopher Hess was not to be found in a story of Genevive Dawes, on the right. Dallas County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook).
A Dallas County jury returned the not guilty verdict after two days of deliberations. If he is guilty, Hess was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.
The police found her and one other person sleeping in a vehicle that had been reported stolen, police said.
Dawes will be ignored commands to exit the vehicle and then reversed into a police cruiser, hit a fence, and it was back up again, and when the officers opened fire, police said.
Hess flew out of the car a dozen times. The prosecutors argued that his actions were unreasonable. The former officer’s attorneys, told the court that the shooting was justified by the fact that the vehicle was a threat.
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“There is something very bad was going to happen when Officer Hess had not acted, and the officers were going to be a pain to do that in the evenings, on the basis of the actions of the two people in the car,” the lawyer Reed Prospere, told members of the jury.
Daryl Washington, an attorney for the Dawes family, it is the fault of the justice system to focus on the perceived failings of the victims, while the accused officers to appear in court “with a halo over their heads.”
“We want to give the perception of the people is that if you have a criminal record, and if you happen to have a drug problem, and that it’s OK to take the life of another.,” Washington, said outside the courtroom. “This is the message that we are sending out to the entire United States, that is, if you have a less-than-perfect, you do not live it out.”
Genevive Dawes, a 21-year-old woman driving a stolen car in January of 2017. (Facebook)
Hess does not testify in his defense, however, other government officials and police experts told the jury that she believed that his actions were reasonable. The jury was shown a body camera footage of several officers on the scene.
A grand jury returned the indictment against Hess, months after the attack.
A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office was unable to say Thursday to The Associated Press as to why the officer was charged with assault, rather than a more serious crime. Washington said, Dawes ‘ family had hoped for a murder charge, and asked why the other officer, who was also shot in the car, was not charged.
Hess was fired in July 2017, after an internal investigation found he had violated the department’s felony traffic stop, and the use of force policy, and a person is in greater danger than it should be.
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He is still facing a federal civil rights suit brought by the Dawes family.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.