Dallas Morning News – Timpa called 911 on Aug. 10, 2016, from the parking lot of a Dallas porn store, saying he was afraid and needed help. He told a dispatcher he suffered from schizophrenia and depression and was off his prescription medication. Timpa’s behavior that night was aggressive and combative. Tony Timpa wailed and pleaded for help more than 30 times as Dallas police officers pinned his shoulders, knees, and neck to the ground.
“You’re gonna kill me! You’re gonna kill me! You’re gonna kill me!”
After Timpa fell unconscious, the officers who had him in handcuffs assumed he was asleep and didn’t confirm that he was breathing or feel for a pulse. Body camera footage obtained shows first responders waited at least four minutes after Timpa became unresponsive to begin CPR. His nose was buried in the grass, knee on his neck and back, while officers claimed to hear him snoring – apparently unaware that the unarmed man was drawing his last breaths. The officers pinned his handcuffed arms behind his back for nearly 14 minutes and zip-tied his legs together. By the time he was loaded onto a gurney and put into an ambulance, the 32-year-old was dead. See this video to see what happened:
An autopsy ruled Timpa’s cause of death was a homicide, sudden cardiac death due to “the toxic effects of cocaine and the stress associated with physical restraint.” The three officers – Kevin Mansell, Danny Vasquez, and Dustin Dillard – were indicted by a grand jury in 2017 on charges of misdemeanor deadly conduct. According to internal affairs records, Mansell and Vasquez were placed on administrative leave in December 2017.
But those allegations were dropped when the criminal charges were dismissed. Vasquez and another officer present at Timpa’s death also received written reprimands for “discourtesy” and “unprofessionalism.” The officers returned to active duty after the Dallas County District Attorney dropped the criminal case against them.
The police killed him. Does it matter? Where were the protests against police overreach by Black Lives Matters? Where were the Antifa protests? Where were the days 24/7 of media attention? Did Congress take a knee to support a national outrage? Where were the worldwide protests turned riots to change society? There is just one problem with this story:
The man that died was WHITE!
But this is just one story and one may argue that this is anecdotal. The fact that in 2019 police killed in the line of duty, 10 unarmed black men is a big deal – but 26 unarmed white guys, no big deal. And certainly, 89 dead police officers don’t matter either. And remember that 40 to 50% of crime is committed by around 13% of the population. There simply is no evidence that police are systematically targeting people because of their skin color, rather by what they do. Indoctrination is the process of inculcating a person with ideas, attitudes, and teaching that person to accept a set of beliefs uncritically – learn more here. Are many accepting a narrative that is false for a greater political agenda, that does not even have anything to do with race? Both George Floyd and Tony Timpa’s death were tragic, but we need to look at this issue with more critical thinking.
Tony Timpa died, on the street, under the knee of a cop, but nobody cared because of his skin color. Whether police “takedown” procedures are appropriate and best practices may need to change, is a relevant question. This, however, should be done for all peoples, not just on a selected group.