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DPD investigating ‘in custody’ death of trans woman

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Screen cap taken from video from an officer’s body cam during the May 26 incident involving Dee Hall. Dallas Police Department Deputy Chief Terrence Rhodes of the Criminal Investigations Bureau announced Wednesday, June 8, announced that the department’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the death of transgender woman LaDamonyon Dewayne “Dee” Hall, 47, who died Thursday, May 26, while in police custody. A report on the department’s blog, DPDBeat.com, indicates that officers responding to a call that an individual was “causing a disturbance” at 12002 Garland Road took Hall “into custody for a mental health evaluation,” and that she was taken by Dallas Fire Rescue to Baylor Hospital “where she died.” The blog post includes this link to video of the incident taken from an officer’s bodycam. (Dallas Voice will not share the video here because it does, in effect, show Hall’s death.

Readers should decide for themselves whether to watch it.) The video, which includes more than 35 minutes of footage, shows officers arriving at the location and talking with Hall, who appears frightened and disoriented.

The video continues through officers putting Hall, who is by that time on the ground after trying to pull her dress over her head and falling, in restraints, putting her on a stretcher and into the ambulance.

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