Today,the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office dismissed charges of misdemeanor deadly conduct against Dallas Police Sgt. Kevin Mansell and Officers Danny Vasquez and Dustin Dillard in the death of 32-year-old Rockwall native Anthony Timpa.
This case was the result of Timpa’s death, who was arrested for erratic behavior and later died at a hospital.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide, saying Timpa died of cardiac arrest caused by the effects of cocaine and the stress of physical restraint.
On December 6, 2017, the case was presented to the Grand Jury. Presentation of the case lasted two days, and included testimony of three medical examiners, including Dr. Nizam Peerwani, a medical examiner hired by the family. The Grand Jury had concluded the officers engaged in reckless conduct that placed Timpa in imminent danger of serious bodily injury.
Today’s decision to dismiss the charges was made following a lengthy investigation and determination as to the official cause of death of Timpa on August 10, 2016.
Dallas County Criminal District Attorney John Creuzot met with all three medical examiners regarding their findings. They stated they do not believe the officers acted recklessly.
Additionally, they cannot, and will not, testify to the elements of the indictment beyond a reasonable doubt.
Creuzot met with family members and their attorney last Thursday to inform them of the decision.