Texas officer fired after ignoring mother whose children had just been kidnapped

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DALLAS, Texas (KXAS) – A Dallas police officer was fired Thursday morning after he allegedly ignored a woman’s cry for help.

According to the Dallas Police Department, Senior Cpl. Leslie Richardson, 61,  drove away from a woman who claimed a man had just kidnapped her children.

Authorities say Richardson was on his way to a burglary in process call that he had volunteered to help with when he got a call for a ‘disturbance emergency of threats with a gun.’

According to the report, the dispatcher gave him descriptions of the suspect’s vehicle and the caller’s vehicle.

The dispatcher also said that shots were fired and the suspect was ramming the woman’s car.

Police say Richardson was driving eastbound on Illinois Ave. and passed the alleged suspect’s car, which was parked in a grassy area.

When he pulled alongside the woman, she said, “That’s him, that’s him, right there.”

“Right here what, baby? I’m on a call,” Richardson responded before driving away.

The report says Richardson continued to leave the area even as the dispatcher announced to all officers that the suspect was on Illinois Ave. and had just grabbed the children.

According to the Dallas Police Department, Richardson drove to the scene of the burglary but did not follow policy by clearing from the call to make himself available for other calls.

Other officers responded to the kidnapping call after learning the victim’s ex-husband, Steven Douglas, had rammed her car and taken two children out of the car at gunpoint.

Hours later, Douglas led police on a chase before fleeing on foot.

After he pointed a gun at an officer, he was shot and killed by police.

The children were not harmed and were reunited with their mother.

The Internal Affairs investigation found that Richardson placed the woman in greater danger than necessary when he failed to take action and made an inappropriate comment to a citizen.

The investigation also found that he failed to immediately clear the call and was using a tobacco product while driving a Dallas police vehicle.

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