Four Dallas police officers are being looked into after being shown on camera joking about a crippled veteran who relieved himself in a restaurant restroom after being denied access.
Veteran of the US Army Dynell Lane reported that at around 2:15 a.m., two off-duty police officers working security at Serious Pizza refused to let him use the restroom. on June 10 despite his attempts to present them his medical records proving his medical problems, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Lane, who was disabled while serving in the Middle East, claimed he dialed 911, but emergency personnel did not come before he had to go to the bathroom. Two Dallas police officers treated him unfairly and refused to help him build a bridge with the manager of Serious Pizza.
Two other uniformed officers arrive at the pizza shop and inquire about a report concerning an individual who pissed themselves, as seen in body camera footage from one of the two off-duty police officers, according to the newspaper.
In the unsettling exchange, one of the on-duty police officers holds her fist to her mouth while laughing after asking if they made a guy pee himself. A non-duty cop replied yes.
According to the officers, Lane called 911 when they refused to let him use the facilities. Unemployed police officer asked if Lane called 911,the uniformed officers replied yes while slapping his knee and giggling loudly. The second off-duty policeman chuckles.
He called back and said it’s OK he doesn’t need to pee anymore since he soiled, one of the on-duty police says while the other one seems to turn off their body camera. He was upset that you guys wouldn’t let him use the restroom.
However, police said that an internal affairs administrative inquiry is currently underway into the alarming report. DPD’s internal affairs division initially determined that the officers did not break department policy.
Dallas Police Investigate Alleged Employee Misconduct while Local Oversight Board Criticizes Internal Affairs Office
The Dallas Morning News was informed this week by a police spokeswoman that the department is looking into the allegation. Members of the oversight board, meanwhile, criticized the internal affairs office for not conducting a thorough investigation.
Derric Pegram, a board member, highlighted the Dallas Police Department’s code of conduct, which prohibits employees from ridiculing, mocking, taunting, or demeaning someone, whether they are on duty or not, according to the newspaper.
Serious Pizza’s owner, Milkshake Concepts, said it was aware of the incident in a statement to the Dallas Morning News.
According to the law, anyone legally on an establishment’s property who can show documentation of a medical condition that necessitates access to the restrooms must be permitted to use them.
As an army sergeant serving in Afghanistan and Kuwait, Lane claimed to have had injuries that necessitated many surgeries on his lower body. His service was verified to the newspaper by the US Army.