VIDEO: Dallas Officer Accused Of Looting During Tornado Was Stopping Looters

The Dallas police officer confiscated the stolen liquor and radioed for backup two minutes before the news crew arrived.

Dallas, TX – The Dallas Police Department (DPD) is standing behind a uniformed officer who was accused of trying to loot a liquor store during a tornado on Sunday (video below).

The department launched an internal investigation into the incident after the officer was seen carrying bottles of liquor outside a demolished 7-Eleven store in a live WFAA news broadcast, Newsweek reported.

As the news crew pulled into the parking lot, the officer was carrying several bottles outside the destroyed convenience store. He then set the bottles on the sidewalk nearby, and appeared to be talking on his radio before he walked off-camera.

"Pretty sure we just witnessed a DPD officer stealing liquor from the demolished store. Then noticed the news van was there and put it back," one social media user opined, according to Newsweek.

According to police, the officer in the video had radioed for backup after he confiscated the bottles from a woman who had looted the store.

"If you have another one-man come over towards the 7-Eleven and the liquor store please?” he asked the dispatcher. “I'm having multiple homeless people trying to run in and steal all the stuff that's out.”

The request was made two minutes before WFAA cameras arrived at the scene, Newsweek reported.

The DPD said that the officer was protecting the business owner’s property after the building “sustained a considerable amount of damage due to the storm, leaving it accessible to the public,” The Dallas Morning News reported.

"Officers of the Dallas Police Department take their roles seriously and serve to protect the community with honor and bravery,” the agency said, according to Newsweek. “The men and women in blue go to work everyday mindful of the badge, their integrity and most of all the public's trust."

First responders worked throughout the night to ensure no one was trapped inside structures damaged by the tornado, which touched down in the city with winds topping 140 miles per hour, WFAA reported.

You can watch news footage of the incident in the video below:

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K-9 319
K-9 319

Yup, that's the media, jumping to conclusions before they know the truth and the whole story. Wouldn't have been a news worthy story if he was just protecting the store owners property.

sbuckner021
sbuckner021

unfortunately most of the idiots who read the initial fake news have no interest in follow up correction articles like such. news outlets/social media influencer's who post misleading, false and defamatory information need to be held to a stricter accountability when perpetuating their BS narrative.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

What? The media put out an inaccurate defamatory story about police and all the anti-cop morons jumped on it without getting the facts? I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell ya!

flybynight
flybynight

Waiting on Boogers/lowcom before I get too far out on this limb./ sarc

Gmickel
Gmickel

And I'm sure they didnt apologize for the story either.

ElleD
ElleD

What happened to professional journalism?

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

wait a second... are you telling me the news would report an anti-LEO story based in incorrect information, and report it as being accurate? or would report a story before all the facts were known? or would report a false story on the front page knowing that it would get lots of ad clicks, and when the facts reveal that they were wrong, would write a single line correction at the bottom of the website?

I am shocked, completely shocked, that this would ever happen in today's media environment..

Edyta
Edyta

There is Donut Operator's video explaining in a great way that this LEO wasn't looting. If someone prefers to watch than read here is a link: https://youtu.be/VaQNk2km8k4

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Man I bet the lawyers are lining up to sue that news station!

HFD120
HFD120

Many years ago a local Pulitzer prize winner for journalism publicly stated that controversy sells newspapers, not good news.

Raymelson
Raymelson

I live in Alabama an the local news media does a great job an will correct any mistakes they make but all the main stream media like cnn ABC MSN all suck they spread lies an B,,, S,,,, I hope the officer gets a good lawyer an take there Ass to the cleaner's

LEO0301
LEO0301

I had a family member who worked for the media. Over the years, they never missed an opportunity to bad mouth the police, even when I was present. I now find it funny how the tables have turned. The only ones who respect the media, work for the media and many of them are even disgusted by what has happened to their profession (see latest on CNN).

Stanracer
Stanracer

So unfortunate that the mainstream media in the US hate the police so much. They are complicant in the war on the police along with politicians and BLM. SAD!👎

Buzzy
Buzzy

Fake News is an exact description

tommc42
tommc42

Another example of news media placing "being first" instead of waiting for accuracy.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

He was clever to call in before taking the liquor. That way, if he was caught, he would have an alibi of sorts.

The DPD investigated itself and found nothing wrong. So there's that.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

And msm wonders why we call them the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE..it is because they are

61mouse
61mouse

Fucking sue the news crew

whippetmom
whippetmom

WFAA You totally suck, how about learning facts before smearing this officers reputation!