Newly-released body cam video shows Officer Dexter Betts trying to kill a small dog, but shooting a 9-year-old girl in the face in Wichita, Kansas, on Dec. 30, 2017 (more video below).
The Wichita Police Department refused to release the video for six months, claiming it would interfere with the shooting investigation, reported The Wichita Eagle.
The police also claimed that video contains personal information about the girl and her family that would invade their privacy, which was not true. In fact, the family wanted the video released, according to their lawyer Charley O’Hara.
The bullet reportedly fragmented and ricocheted off a concrete floor beneath the carpet, and hit the girl above the eye.
The girl is heard crying on the video after being shot: “Ow! Ow! Ow, you hurt my eye! Ow! Ow!”
When a commanding officer asked Betts what happened over the radio, Betts falsely claimed a “dog inside attacked us,” but made no mention of the girl whom he accidentally shot.
Betts was fired in January 2018, noted The Wichita Eagle.
The mother of the girl, Danielle Maples, said she originally call 911 because her husband threatened to hurt himself (video below).
After the cops arrived, Maples and her unarmed husband stood outside while police went through the house, which was filled with their four children, ages 6 to 10, and a small dog.
In March, Betts was criminally charged with “unlawfully and recklessly cause bodily harm to another person … (the child) in a manner whereby great bodily harm, disfigurement or death could have been inflicted, to wit: firing a handgun at a dog while a child was in the room,” reported The Wichita Eagle.
Betts’ female attorney, Jess Hoeme, insisted her client is innocent: “I expect that this will be litigated at length because I firmly believe that Mr. Betts did not act recklessly under the circumstances, and we look forward to presenting our defense in court.”