Having a Pepper Ball on Lowest Greenville early July 4. Was that really necessary, officer? (Updated!)

UPDATE 7.6.2010 - In an interview with CW33 News, DPD Chief Vincent Golbeck (Central Division) apologized to patrons who were injured in the pepperball dust-up incident on Sunday morning. DPD concedes the officer, Terry Strickland, should not have been carrying the pepperball gun on Lowest Greenville and will likely face disciplinary action. DPD protocol allows the use of this weapon only to assist an officer having difficulty subduing a person for arrest, or to break a large mob without officers getting into the fight.

 

By Daniel Rodrigue / Dallas Unfair Park

I spent Saturday night -- and the wee small hours of Sunday morning -- riding shotgun with a certain Barking Dog as he kept watch over his favorite "scumbars," he likes to call them. And I got a little more than I'd bargained for: a nose and throat fill of pepper courtesy the Dallas Police Department -- specifically, one officer who fired some 13 rounds of "pepper balls" over the heads of patrons who were simply leaving a few of the so-called bad bars on the west side of Lowest Greenville. It was just after the clubs' 2 a.m. close, and as the plastic of the red pepper balls shattered against the facade of 180 Degrees, the remnants of which you can see above, they rained a white powdery cloud of the irritant on to the crowd.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Code enforcement