Arlington Police Officer Craig Roper was cleared in the officer-involved shooting death of Tavis Crane by a Tarrant County grand jury on Wednesday, August 23. Video of the incident is below and extremely disturbing.
District Attorney Sharen Wilson said, “The Tarrant County Grand Jury has voted to take no action against Arlington Police Officer Craig Roper which resulted in the death of Tavis Crane. We respect the Grand Jurors’ decision.”
Dash-cam video has been released by the Arlington Police Department, and shows what happened, according to Fox4 News.
The incident began on February 1 when an Arlington Police Officer saw what appeared to be a pipe thrown out of a vehicle’s window and stopped the vehicle that it had come from. It was later determined to be a candy wrapper. Arlington Police Officer Elise Bowden went to the driver’s window after the vehicle stopped, and began talking with the driver, Crane.
A standard records check showed that Crane had outstanding warrants for a prior felony fleeing and eluding charge and some unpaid tickets, and Officer Bowden made several verbal attempts to get Crane to get out of his car, yet he continued to refuse to get out.
He kept saying that his daughter needed to go home. Two other adults and Crane’s daughter were also in the car.
Officer Bowden continued to ask Crane to get out of the car, and told him what could happen if he continued to refuse. This went on for about 15 minutes, until Arlington Police Officer Craig Roper entered the vehicle through the driver’s side rear door. The dash-cam video shows Crane backing his vehicle up and running over Officer Bowden.
When Crane backed up to run over Officer Bowden, he accelerated so rapidly that he not only ran over Officer Bowden but his vehicle struck an officer’s cruiser so violently that his car ‘bounced’ off of the cruiser.
Crane then put his car in drive and ran over Officer Bowden again. He was shot several times by Officer Roper as he ran over Officer Bowden. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
Police said that no shots were fired before Crane ran over Officer Bowden.
On Wednesday, the grand jury watched the video and Officer Roper was cleared. In a statement, the president of the Arlington Police Association said, “A Tarrant County Grand Jury determined that Officer Craig Roper was justified in using deadly force. The unfortunate outcome was set in motion only by the actions of Tavis Crane.”
Of course, Crane’s family members did not agree with the grand jury’s decision, and their attorney said that there was no reason for anyone to use deadly force. He also said that he couldn’t understand why anyone would be afraid for their lives in that situation.
Officer Bowden is the mother of eight children and also a grandmother, is expected to recover fully.
You can see the dash camera footage of the incident below. WARNING: Very disturbing: