A Dallas police officer who ignored the cries for help of a mother whose children had been kidnapped was fired on Wednesday.
MyFoxDFW.com reports that Chief David Brown officially terminated Officer Leslie "Les" Richardson after the Aug. 25 incident.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Richardson, a 28-year veteran, was traveling to a burglary call when dispatchers reported shots were fired and a man had rammed a woman’s vehicle in the area where Richardson was driving.
"That's him, that's him, right there,” the woman shouted, referring to the suspect, when he drove up to her location.
“Right here what, baby? I'm on a call," Richardson said before driving away. The exchange was recorded on dash-cam video below, which was released Wednesday by the department. Richardson also violated department policy by smoking in his car, which can be seen in the video.
The suspect, Steven Douglas, slammed the woman’s car with his pickup and then took her two children away at gunpoint. He led police on a car chase several hours later and pointed a gun at an officer, who shot and killed Douglas. The children were unharmed and returned to a family member.
In a statement obtained by CBS DFW, Dallas Police Department explained Richardson’s termination:
“An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that Senior Corporal Richardson placed persons in greater danger than necessary when he failed to take any action as a police officer and made an inappropriate comment to a citizen. The investigation also concluded that he used tobacco product while driving a Dallas police vehicle and failed to immediately clear upon completion of the call he was assigned."
Video Source: DallasPoliceDept/YouTube