Off-duty Dallas officer Beemer, 27, is facing a misdemeanor charge of discharging a weapon after she fired a revolver in a squad car after being picked up drunk by colleagues.
The incident occurred around 11 p.m when friends tried to persuade her not to drive home drunk. Another off-duty cop intervened and succeeded in getting her into his car — only to have Beemer bolt from the car and hide.
Two on-duty patrol officers, Miguel Jamaica and Zachary Helm, arrived at the scene. Helm had been dating Beemer. The in-car video captures the later incident. After telling the officers to let her out, she menacingly states “I swear you need to stop now.” She then pulled her gun from an ankle holster and shot into the floorboard. Helms is heard demanding that she drop the gun.
What is interesting is that most people who struggled with officers at such a scene would have been arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, if not assault. Yet, Helm and Jamaica put her into the squad car without disarming her and proceeded to take her home.
In a rather mild rebuke under the circumstances, Police Chief David Brown insisted that, while they should have arrested Beemer, “[t]he officers were trying to do the right thing but did it in the wrong way.”
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