DALLAS -- North Texas is no stranger to being on top of the list when it comes to best places to live and work. In fact, Dallas and Tarrant Counties have landed on a list that’s, well, not so good.
According to a recent article in The Guardian, DFW is in the top five when it comes to police killings per capita in the U.S. -- almost two dozen, so far, this year. In fact, the City of Dallas had to pay out more than $6 million in settlements in many shooting cases.
“The police, God bless them, they have a very tough job," said John Fullinwider with Mothers against Police Brutality. "But we trust the police with deadly force, and when they seem to use it in an arbitrary way or unaccountable way, then we got to say stop!”
Attorney Don Tittle has represented many of the families who have been rocked by police shootings and says to get those numbers down across the board, there needs to be better training.
“These shootings are avoidable, but they are avoidable in the sense that if you train the police, do not put themselves in a position where they got to use deadly force then you’re going to avoid a shooting,” Tittle told NewsFix. “The officer who puts himself in the situation that he didn’t need to be in and then uses deadly force, the city or his employer is never going to be held accountable and thus there's never going to be a change in training.”
While many hope these stats will be the smoking gun that fires off change, tittle isn’t that optimistic.
“To suggest this is going to get someone's attention, and they're going to make changes, I would be very surprised.”