Dallas Texas Police Department
|Dates of Service||July 2019 - February 2022.|
|Last Known Status||Terminated|
2022 Excessive Force
On January 2, 2022, Cooper tried to stop a vehicle for speeding. The driver fled, and Cooper chased the vehicle at speeds of up to 100 mph. When the driver crashed, Cooper's vehicle hit the other car, causing damage. Cooper exited his vehicle, drew his handgun, approached the vehicle, and ordered the driver to exit the vehicle and get on the ground. Cooper ordered the driver to put his hands behind his back, "or you are going to die" while Cooper pointed his gun at the driver's head.
Cooper moved his vehicle away from the driver's vehicle, and blamed the damage on the driver.
The incident was captured on Cooper's body-worn camera.
The driver's name was not released as he was a minor.
The department conducted an internal investigation.
In February 2022, Cooper was fired for use of excessive force, not reporting the pursuit, and pursuing someone who was not a violent criminal.
- Deralyn White Complaint Investigation Review Request, Office of Community Police Oversight, 2021-11-09
- Kelli Smith, Dallas police chief fires officer accused of inappropriate force, suspends different cop, Dallas Morning News, 2023-02-28
- Rebecca Lopez, Dallas police officer fired after bodycam shows him use 'excessive force' on chase suspect, WFAA, 2023-03-20
- Barron Cooper D, Police Officer, City of Dallas, govSalaries
- Dallas police officer fired after bodycam shows him use 'excessive force' on chase suspect, WFAA, 2023-03-20