DALLAS — The family of a Dallas woman found dead two days after she tried to call 911 during a deadly attack filed a civil-rights lawsuit against the city and local police Wednesday.
Deanna Cook called 911 on Aug. 17 to report that her ex-husband was assaulting her. Police have acknowledged the call was not logged correctly so the responding officers did not know it was an emergency. The two officers who went to Ms. Cook’s south Dallas home received no response at the door and left without entering, police said.
Ms. Cook was found dead in her bathtub two days later after her relatives forced their way into the home. The ex-husband, Delvecchio Patrick, is charged with murder.
Police fired one call taker who told worried family members searching for Ms. Cook the day they found her to call the jail and local hospitals first. The call taker who received Ms. Cook’s original call was suspended for 10 days. Police say they have also made changes to how calls are logged and announced they are hiring more call takers.
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