Union upset after 'extremely low' bail set for man in Dallas LEO’s death
The man is accused of fatally striking an officer while driving under the influence
By PoliceOne Staff
DALLAS — Dallas’ police union demanded answers after a man charged with fatally striking an officer during a funeral escort was given “an extremely low bail.”
The Dallas Police Association released a statement Monday criticizing the bail set for Adrian Breedlove, who bonded out of jail after being charged with intoxication manslaughter, CBS DFW reported. Breedlove, who was suspected of drunken driving, is accused of striking and killing 55-year-old Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens.
“It is reprehensible that Adrian Breedlove … was given a $76,000 bail allowing him to spend less than one day in jail,” DPA President Mike Mata said in the statement. “This was a violent death caused by a man whose blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.”
Adrian Breedlove is charged with intoxication manslaugher in the death of Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens.— Shannon Murray (@ShannonMFox4) July 23, 2018
He bonded out less than one day after the crash.
DPA President Mike Mata wants an explanation. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/K9FFqNW7U5
On Saturday, Givens was working traffic control for another officer’s funeral escort and was blocking an entrance ramp on a highway when he was hit. The officer was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Breedlove, 25, was arrested and charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon in addition to the intoxication manslaughter charge, according to KXAS. He bonded out of jail early Sunday morning.
“We demand to know if District Attorney Faith Johnson asked a district court judge to require a more substantial bond for such a heinous crime,” Mata said. “If she made no such effort then perhaps it’s time to find a District Attorney who takes more seriously the killing of police officers.”
Mata said Givens was a father of two and was “only months away from retirement.” Givens, a 32-year veteran of the Dallas PD, had been on the motorcycle unit since 2012.