A North Texas
police division is investigating one thing an officer was reportedly not sporting
throughout a latest site visitors cease.
encounter left a lady nervous about her well being.
Shelia Dangerfield stated she has hardly ever left her home through the pandemic.
go grocery buying or to crowded areas.
“As a result of I
reside in concern, always,” she stated.
However she did
enterprise out two Friday nights in the past to go to a buddy in DeSoto.
Dangerfield stated she was on her approach again residence when she was stopped for dashing in Cedar Hill simply at round 9:15 p.m.
“I put my
masks on instantly,” she stated. “After I noticed the officer method the automobile, he
didn’t have a masks on, so I actually bought nervous.”
The navy veteran stated she confirmed the officer her driver’s license and navy identification automobile on her window that was rolled up, however the officer stood there ready for her to roll her window down.
“I let the
window down and I moved to the aspect,” she stated. “My posture was leaned to the
aspect and I used to be visibly trembling.”
“I noticed his masks hanging from his trousers,” stated Dangerfield. “He advised me, requested me what was fallacious and why was I so nervous and panicking. I defined to him: ‘I’m afraid of contracting COVID.’”
Dangerfield stated she solely advised the officer she was nervous as a result of she has underlying well being circumstances.
Dangerfield didn’t want to publicly reveal her circumstances however stated they compromise her immune system.
“I discussed one thing about him not sporting a masks,” she stated.
Dangerfield claims the officer, although well mannered, nonetheless didn’t
cowl up whereas speaking to her.
“I used to be offended too as a result of he didn’t think about my security even
after I advised him my issues and that I’ve underlying well being circumstances,” she
Dangerfield stated she was too afraid to ask the officer to masks up, serious about generally violent interactions between Black folks and police across the nation.
“I used to be afraid to ask him, to demand for him to place the masks
on as a result of I didn’t know what sort of angle he would show,” she stated.
Dangerfield stated she later reported the encounter to a supervisor on the Cedar Hill Police Division who reportedly advised her: “We are able to’t scent marijuana or alcohol in autos whereas sporting our masks.”
Days later, Dangerfield filed a proper criticism at CHPD.
We requested Chief of Police Ely Reyes to talk with NBC 5 about
the encounter that’s presently beneath investigation by the division’s inner
“Hopefully this can be a one-time incident and we will be taught from
it,” stated Reyes.
Reyes stated he can not remark by hook or by crook at the moment given the continued investigation, however stated he despatched COVID-19 security protocols within the spring requiring his officers ‘put on masks and gloves on every cease and keep a protected distance when attainable.’
Reyes stated it’s comprehensible that an officer ‘take away’ his masks to attempt to detect alcohol or medication on an individual throughout a site visitors cease.
“It’s my expectation that once they’re [officers] are
interacting with group members that they do have a masks on,” he stated.
Reyes stated group members and workers can generally get ‘lackadaisical’ about sure security measures.
Requested if that’s what he expects of his officers, Reyes
responded “It isn’t my expectation. They know what the protocols are. They
know what the expectation is.”
He stated that is the primary such criticism the division has obtained however one that’s being taken critically.
“Based mostly on this one incident it’s necessary to me as a chief
to make it possible for I ship one thing department-wide to simply remind all people,” stated
Dangerfield stated that will be sufficient “if it helps the following individual.”
She stated she has been examined twice for COVID-19 for the reason that interplay. Each checks have been unfavourable. Dangerfield additionally stated she doesn’t really feel ailing.
Relying on the end result of the investigation, the officer
concerned within the encounter may obtain extra coaching or be suspended, stated
The officer was sporting his physique digital camera and that video is
being reviewed, he added.
Dallas and Fort Value Police Departments inform NBC 5 they require officers to put on face-covering when interacting with the general public.
This contains site visitors stops, stated a spokesman for FWPD.