Dallas police probe shooting of mentally ill man

By By NOMAAN MERCHANT

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police are dropping the charge against a mentally ill man shot by an officer in a disputed incident caught on surveillance video.

Police Chief David Brown said in a statement Friday that he's ordered that police drop the aggravated assault case against Bobby Gerald Bennett. Barnett remains hospitalized after being shot by an officer Monday.

An officer wrote in a police report that the 52-year-old Bennett threatened him and another officer with a knife. But video captured by a neighbor's camera shows Bennett didn't appear to move at all until he crumples to the ground from a gunshot.

Bennett's mother, Joyce Jackson, says her son suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The officer remains on indefinite administrative leave pending a criminal investigation announced after the video was publicized.

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