Cop Wants Asst. Chief Charged For Standing Back, Watching Him Fight Suspect

Shreveport Assistant Chief Robert Dowell will not face criminal charges for failing to help Sergeant Kevin Strickland.

Shreveport, LA – The Shreveport assistant chief of police is under investigation for allegedly failing to help a lone officer who was trying to subdue a combative suspect.

Instead of assisting the officer, Shreveport Assistant Police Chief Robert Dowell simply watched the scene unfold as he loitered on a nearby sidewalk outside his unmarked patrol vehicle, dashcam footage showed.

The incident occurred on December 10, 2018, after Shreveport Police Sergeant Kevin Strickland received a report of a disorderly man in the 3200-block of Wagner, KTBS reported.

When Sgt. Strickland pulled up at the scene, he quickly encountered a group of individuals outside a residence.

The altercation took place outside of the view of the sergeant’s dashcam, but the audio captured the chaos of the encounter.

“He goin’ crazy,” a woman at the scene told the sergeant, referring to a male in the group who Sgt. Strickland later described as “hostile.”

The man then started to walk towards the sergeant.

“Step back away from me!” Sgt. Strickland ordered.

The suspect tried to head back towards the house – a move the sergeant wanted to prevent in case he was going for a weapon, KTBS reported.

“Sir, don’t walk away!” Sgt. Strickland warned as he drew his Taser. “No…You’re not going toward that house!”

The man screamed inaudibly in response.

Distracted by the chaos, Sgt. Strickland had no idea that Chief Dowell had arrived at the scene.

Not only did the senior officer not rush to his aid, he stood back and watched the melee unfold, KTBS reported.

About a minute into the altercation, Sgt. Strickland deployed his Taser, just as a backup officer pulled up at the scene.

The sergeant deployed his Taser again as the officer raced towards him to help subdue the combative man.

But the backup officer’s dashcam also showed Chief Dowell as he stood by, doing nothing.

The chief casually took a few steps forward as additional units converged on the scene to help their fellow officer wrestle the suspect onto his stomach.

Chief Dowell eventually wandered back to his patrol vehicle, having done nothing to assist the struggling officers.

As he backed away, the officers escorted the suspect to another patrol car.

Once the suspect was secured, the officers began discussing what had occurred. That’s when Sgt. Strickland learned that Chief Dowell was already on-scene when the first backup officer arrived.

“So, he didn’t come up here and help me?” the sergeant asked his fellow officers in disbelief.

Sgt. Strickland said that the next day, Chief Dowell commended him on how he handled the combative suspect. The frustrated sergeant used the opportunity to tell the 40-year department veteran that he was upset he hadn’t come to help him.

"He said, 'Well I saw you had it under control and I had my grandson in the car,'" Sgt. Strickland recounted, according to KTBS.

“If he’s not going to engage, he’s going to get somebody hurt,” the sergeant later told an investigator in a recorded interview. “Himself or somebody else.”

Sgt. Strickland ultimately filed a criminal complaint for malfeasance in office against the senior officer.

Chief Dowell told investigators that the sergeant wasn’t struggling with the suspect, so he didn’t go help him.

“If I would’ve got there now and I saw Strickland in a physical confrontation with this guy, c’mon man. C’mon,” the chief said. “I will lay down my life to protect any police officer of this Shreveport Police Department without hesitation.”

On March 1, Caddo Parish First Assistant District Attorney Laura Fulco declined to file charges against Chief Dowell.

Fulco said that a violation of the malfeasance in office code “requires a refusal or failure to perform any duty lawfully required of a public officer,” and noted that “the lawful duty must be delineated in a specific law or statute.”

But the department’s internal investigation into Chief Dowell’s lack of action is still ongoing, and he could face sanctions if he is found to have violated policy or procedure, KTBS reported.

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cspcapt
cspcapt

there is nothing worst in a police officer that being a coward-fire him, i'm sure there are openings in the political arena.

Shoshaunna2
Shoshaunna2

What aPOS. Getty of your ass chief and help your officers.

61mouse
61mouse

That's almost in every job

61mouse
61mouse

Wouldn't want them in my foxhole or on my 6

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Your superiors are suppose to have your back...Hope internal affairs rights a definite wrong!!!

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

She was a better Politician and then a police Officer I guess. THIS is why you NEED a good Police Union. BTW, that and Fired dept are the ONLY people that NEED a good Union. They and They alone have NO protection under the law unlike EVERY OTHER WORKING STIFF

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

THIS POC is NOT a cop and should NOT be on the force. He is a danger to ANY LEO that would depend on HIM for backup. How the Hell did HE make Assist. Chief???

61mouse
61mouse

Is there a video ??

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

If you can’t count on another badge to help you out when no one else will, then who can you count on? I hope this guy gets what’s coming to him, and when patrol responds, they take their sweet ole’ time! The assistant chief is probably a coward, after all he’s a chief and didn’t get there if he was a real patrolman. Those guys hide behind the books and kiss ass and step on who they need to, to get where they are now.

McFarlane
McFarlane

This kind of thing happened to me. When I was just off probation. I called for cover, cops came and watched how I handled the situation instead of helping. That was back in the mid 70's when a female street cop was something new. The oldtimers attitude was having hired females, the females were going to get themselves hurt. Initially, when it wasn't happening, it was as if the oldtimers were going to make SURE it did. Not only didn't they jump in to help, they would "cover" radio transmissions so that our calls re: location and the need for cover never made it out over the air. After a successful 40 year career as a street cop, I'd kick this Chief where the sun doesn't shine.

slo1942
slo1942

What a FUCKIN COWARD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kgolfinghawaii
kgolfinghawaii

Funny, as a now private citizen, I was only in for 5.5 years, but every single time I drive by a solo officer dealing with someone on the side of the road I always slow down to make sure he/she doesn't need help. I am 60 now and I wouldn't hesitate to help. What a jerk for just standing there.

EddieK
EddieK

The Chief is a coward.

DarrellB
DarrellB

I'll be the one to get slammed. I remember hearing over and over again in training that you have to know your limitations. One of them being that physical/illness/injury/AGE. He could have used Officer presence, and at least acted as back up. However, at 60+ years old, I can understand his hesitation to get in a fight. Better NOT to show up if you can't help!

FSchloss
FSchloss

The real problem is that management people in general get promoted away from the streets and then tend to forget where they came from and that they are still sworn (or commissioned or whatever your state calls it). They have no clue after a while. I've always said that management at least up to lieutenant should be required to check out a police car and go out and handle a beat at least once a year, fighting drunks, taking reports, and, of course, writing at least two tickets during that shift. They should be forced to remember what policing really is, instead of shuffling papers and going to lunch to brown nose the Chief of Police.

retiredcop
retiredcop

The chief should show some courage and tell him demotion or retire. I don’t know of any assistant chief positions that are merit board or civil service positions. He was appointed by the chief and the chief can and should change that immediately and support his sergeant.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

I learned the hard way: admin will micromanage every aspect of your work while doing none themselves.

RJM5089
RJM5089

Retire now Grandpa. If he wants to go on a ride a long let him go with a real Cop. He has nothing to learn from you. Teach him how to fish or throw a baseball. But please do it as a Civilian.

LEO0301
LEO0301

A female chief I know, who was a detective at the time, did the same thing. She stayed in her car during a large disturbance and failed to assist the officer who had called for help. Nothing was done about here cowardly response either. Instead she was promoted to Captain and eventually Chief. I guess moving up in the ranks is the only thing you can do with people like this. Any officer who fails to live up to their responsibilities should be fired, not promoted.

CrimeDoc
CrimeDoc

The word “coward” comes to mind...or “yellow bellied scum sucking son of a bitch”.

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CRESCENTSTAR
CRESCENTSTAR

Somehow the sergeant will get screwed for filing a complaint on that jackass

skeeter
skeeter

He should face sanctions.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Yeah really good that Shreveport Assistant Chief Robert Dowell had the back of his officer Sgt. Strickland NOT stood there doing NOTHING -- and that Caddo Parish First Assistant District Attorney Laura Fulco declined to file charges against Chief Dowell Great Legal System you have there -- NOT Both the Asst Chief and Asst DA should be FIRED !!!

Kendermom
Kendermom

Why did he have his grandson in his "unmarked patrol vehicle" and if so, why did he not get the kid to a safe location?