A Dallas police officer and his former colleague who was recently fired are expected to surrender to face criminal charges alleging they used excessive force at a 2020 protest over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police.
Arrest warrants were issued on Wednesday for Senior Cpl. Ryan Mabry and former Senior Cpl. Melvin Williams after the Dallas County District Attorney charged them with multiple counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and official oppression.
Mabry and Williams, who was terminated last month on unrelated charges of violating police department policy, were expected to surrender to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department as early as Thursday.
The arrest warrants were issued following an investigation launched by the district attorney’s office to identify officers caught on video firing pepper balls and other less-lethal projectiles at protesters in downtown Dallas on May 30, 2020.
One protester lost an eye when he was hit in the face by one of the projectiles, authorities said.On Jan. 5, the district attorney’s office made public photos of protesters who were hit by the less-lethal ammunition fired by police, asking them to come forward.
In an effort to identify the offending officers, video was also released of Dallas police officers dressed in riot gear firing projectiles at protesters. Read more.