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5 Cases Still Headed To Court Regarding Former Officers Charged With Murder Or Homicide In North Texas

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"Ten to 15 years ago, we never saw anything like this," one Dallas attorney said.

Video Transcript

- And the criminal trial for Chauvin is being shown to the world minute-by-minute in trial coverage, but did you know that there are at least five cases right here in North Texas that are headed to court with former police officers charged with murder and homicide counts? Our Steve Pickett today with details on cases that you may not know about.

- Put your hands up! Show me your hands! No!

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STEVE PICKETT: The fired Fort Worth Police officer who shot and killed a Atatiana Jefferson, Aaron Dean has an August court date. Shaun Lucas, who worked for the Wolfe City Police Department when he shot and killed Jonathan Price last October, he will face a court arraignment Monday in Hunt County. And Michael Dunn, who was working as a Farmers Branch officer when this video recorded his shooting of Juan Moreno. He was indicted on the murder count by a Dallas County grand jury.

JOHN HELMS: 10, 15, 20 years ago, we never saw anything like this.

STEVE PICKETT: John Helms, a Dallas attorney who has represented police officers in court--

[YELLING]

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--says the criminal cases against police officers in North Texas-- five cases-- are certainly fueled by the well-known video and body cam recordings attached as evidence in the use of deadly force cases. But there's something else.

JOHN HELMS: There's less willingness simply to accept that a police officer should be able to do-- use, you know, any level of force that the police officer thinks is reasonable. There's now a willingness to question what the police officer does.

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STEVE PICKETT: Former Arlington Police officers also await trials, both indicted on criminally negligent homicide charges in separate cases. Fort Worth attorney Bob Gill says the numbers are troubling, but they also could have a troubling effect on policing.

BOB GILL: It's certainly a high number. Each case is gonna have to be judged on its own merits. We're also seeing a backlash, where officers are hesitant to use force to defend themselves in a deadly force situation.

STEVE PICKETT: Steve Pickett, CBS 11 News.