Genevive Dawes was 21 years old when she died at the hands of a Dallas police officer.
“She was a good person. She was not a violent person at all,” said Mary Dawes.
About 18 months later, we can finally see what happened. Body camera video obtained by WFAA shows police officers responding to a stolen car.
Genevive Dawes and her boyfriend, Virgilio Rosales, are inside sleeping. Officers begin yelling commands, “Get your hands up, get your hands up.”
The video shows Dawes initially tries to drive backwards, hits a squad car that has been moved up to block her exit. She tries driving forward, hits a fence and then begins to slowly drive backwards again.
At that moment, former Dallas Officer Christopher Hess opens fire. He shoots 13 times. You hear Hess say, “They rammed our squad car twice.”
Multiple body cameras capture what happens. Officer Jason Kimpel’s body camera shows he fired once. Dawes died at the scene. Her boyfriend crawled out of the passenger seat and makes it our alive.
“To see the loss of life that I didn’t think had to happen was something that did upset me, “ said Former DPD Assistant Chief Randy Blankenbaker.
Blankenbaker was the assistant chief over the Special Investigative Unit that looked into the shooting. He said Hess told investigators he thought other officers were in danger of being run over, so he fired his weapon.