Mesquite Officer Derick Wiley has officially been fired by MPD. It is unclear why he was fired.
Here’s why it’s unclear. In an interview Faith Johnson, DA told a reporter that MPD decided not to charge Officer Derick Wiley for shooting Lyndo Jones twice in the back while getting into his own car.
I guess you can say,” He’s guilty for violating department policies but not guilty for shooting an unarmed man twice in the back.
Attorneys for Lyndo Jones criticize DA Faith Johnson, for not filing charges against Derrick Wiley instead of waiting to see if a grand jury will do so.
Sounds like a lot of red tape to go through to charge an officer in the wrong? Exactly.
What’s happening in this case? The Mesquite Police Department did their own investigation; and seldom have we seen a department charge their own officers with misconduct, so Derrick Wiley was fired, not Charged.
According to Texas Tribune: At least 880 officers were involved in police shootings in Texas’ largest cities between 2010 and 2015, seven faced criminal charges for pulling the trigger in that period. None have been convicted, so far.
Of the 880 officers involved only 10 were fired for their actions during a shooting and 14 were suspended. Another was given a written reprimand.
Note, it has been 40 years since a police officer was convicted of murder in Texas.
Add to Police Reform
1. Police Departments shouldn’t be allowed to investigate its own officers involved in a police shooting, and or give an opinion or recommendation on whether an officer in their own department should be charged or held liable.
District Attorney has no power and or can pass on the blame. DA Faith Johnson claim the reason she can’t move forward with this case is because she doesn’t have all the facts. Apparently, Mesquite PD is withholding evidence, and in order to obtain the facts it has to go to a grand jury. The DA should be liable to the people on all concerning cases of police involved shooting or misconduct by public servant.
2. District Attorney should have power to seize all information written and or videos of police involved shooting to determine whether to charge an officer.
Having to go to a Grand Jury just to get all the facts from a department is just absurd.
A lawyer for Jones said the family reacted to the news with guarded optimism. He also added that Jones’ family is thankful for the support of the community. .