09/19/2012

Slain Dallas woman's family sues over 911 response

The suit alleges that police were late responding to the call and relied on inexperienced officers who didn't properly investigate

By Normaan Merchant
Associated Press

DALLAS — The family of a Dallas woman who tried to call 911 and was later found slain inside her home has filed a lawsuit over the handling of her case.

Attorneys for the relatives of Deanna Cook filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Dallas and others Wednesday. The suit alleges that police were late responding to the call and relied on inexperienced officers who didn't properly investigate.

Cook called 911 on Aug. 17, and the call center sent two officers to her home. Police say it wasn't made clear there was an emergency. Officers knocked on the door, received no response and left.

Two days later, Cook's family found her dead in her bathtub. Her ex-husband is charged with murder.

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