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August 25, 2020
For immediate release:
Burleson Police Department has been made aware of a news article that discusses three of our officers making a citizen contact with a gentleman at a local gas station on August 12, 2020.
Three officers who are members of the Burleson Police Department’s Strategic Response Team (SRT), which is not part of normal traffic patrol, had stopped into a local gas station during a break. While they were inside the store, they were approached by a patron of the convenience store, who was waiting in line to use the ATM behind the gentleman and said he witnessed the gentleman attempting to make a withdrawal while using multiple cards and that the transactions kept being denied. The patron approached the officers and said he felt this was a suspicious situation. The officers approached the man and explained why they were contacting him. Officers observed numerous receipts and cards as described by the witness. Officers asked him if he minded sharing identification to match the name on the cards, and he provided identification and cards. The male said he had so many cards that he forgot the pin, which is why the transactions were declined. The cards matched the identification of the gentleman, soon after the encounter ended. The entire contact lasted approximately six minutes and was captured on a body-worn camera.
Burleson Police Department has a duty to investigate complaints as was the situation at the gas station.
“I appreciate Mr. Friar’s bringing this to our attention,” said Chief Billy Cordell. “We, at Burleson Police Department and the city of Burleson, take any concerns like this very serious. I am happy to discuss this incident with Mr. Friar further via in person or on the phone. We value quality service and transparency and always welcome feedback from our citizens and those we serve.”