Dallas police officer faces capital murder charges for 2017 killings

Dallas police officer faces capital murder charges for 2017 killings
Eddie García, the Dallas police chief, speaks at a press conference about the arrest of officer Bryan Riser. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: A Dallas police officer was arrested on Thursday on two counts of capital murder. The arrest took place more than a year and a half after a man told investigators that he kidnapped and killed two people at the officer’s instruction in 2017, authorities confirmed.

According to a statement from the police department, Bryan Riser was arrested Thursday morning and taken to the Dallas county Jail for processing.

Riser, a 13-year veteran of the force, was not listed in online jail records Thursday evening and a lawyer for him could not immediately be identified.

Riser was arrested in the unconnected killings of 31-year-old Liza Saenz and 61-year-old Albert Douglas, after a man came forward in August 2019 and told police he had kidnapped and killed them at Riser’s direction, police chief Eddie García said during a news conference.

He said investigators do not know the motives for the killings, but that they weren’t related to Riser’s police work.

García did not explain why Dallas police officer Riser was arrested nearly 20 months after the witness came forward, and police have also declined to answer subsequent questions about the timing.

Bryan Riser joined the department in 2008, and García acknowledged that he had been patrolling Dallas while under investigation for the killings.

The police chief stressed that his homicide division and the FBI were still investigating the killings and said the department was reviewing Riser’s arrests.

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