- Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Relatives of a 9-year-old girl who was injured when a former Wichita police officer fired at her family’s dog are criticizing the city for waiting six months before releasing the officer’s body-camera video.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the video shows Officer Dexter Betts firing two shots in December at close range at the girl’s 35- to 40-pound dog. She screams after a bullet fragment ricochets off the floor and hit her. The family’s attorney, Charley O’Hara, says the fragment left a scar above her eye. He says the family is considering suing.

The department fired Betts afterward, and he’s awaiting trial on an aggravated battery charge.

Police Captain Doug Nolte says it wasn’t appropriate to release the video sooner because it was an investigative record in a felony case.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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