Northeast Tarrant

Grapevine officials again urged to release video of shooting

Ailey Pope, 24, of Dallas, speaks to the Grapevine City Council Tuesday night, asking city officials to release the dash-cam video of the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a Grapevine police officer on Feb. 20
Ailey Pope, 24, of Dallas, speaks to the Grapevine City Council Tuesday night, asking city officials to release the dash-cam video of the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a Grapevine police officer on Feb. 20 Star-Telegram

The City Council again listened to public concern Tuesday about the shooting of an unarmed Mexican national by a Grapevine police officer in February.

On March 3, more than 200 people chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot!” and held signs. Nearly two dozen people spoke.

On Tuesday, the lone speaker was Ailey Pope, 24, of Dallas, a graduate student in theology at SMU.

She called on city officials to release the dash-cam video of the Feb. 20 confrontation between Ruben García Villalpando, 31, of North Richland Hills and Grapevine police officer Robert Clark.

“I believe in my heart of hearts that the video should be released,” she said.

Clark fatally shot García after a brief pursuit that ended on the shoulder of a Texas 121 service road.

Pope is a member of the Next Generation Action Network, an advocacy group that had said members would be at Grapevine City Hall every Tuesday until the video is made public.

Acting on advice from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office, police have not released the video.

The NAACP, LULAC, Next Generation and other groups are organizing a protest march for 1:30 p.m. Sunday starting at City Hall, 200 S. Main St. Participants are asked to wear white for peace and to bring U.S. flags.

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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