Last summer Dallas Police Department “responded to a burglary in progress,” and shot an unarmed teen. Police claim to have found 19-year-old Gerardo Pinedo Jr. inside the house and ordered him to come outside and lie on the ground. Police say he did that briefly, and then charged at officer Jamal Robinson, who fired once, killing Pinedo.
Family members disagree with how the police events occurred and have filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Dallas and the two officers involved. The father of Pinedo Jr. contests that his son was violently confronted by officers Jamal Robinson and Mark Meltabarger. “During this time either Defendant Robinson or Defendant Meltabarger tased Pinedo Jr. in the back and the other continued the assault, “the suit says, before “delivering at least one fatal gunshot wound to the chest.” Autopsy reports that Pinedo Jr. may have been shot more than once; medical examiners found two-gunshot wounds-one on his chest and one on his hand.
If the details are true in the lawsuit, this is a senseless murder on behalf of the Dallas Police Department. My heart goes out to the family of the victim.
-Love Sara Alina