The girl immediately screams, “Ow! Ow! Ow, you hurt my eye! Ow! Ow!”
Betts then orders the children to get out.
Someone asks Betts over the radio about what happened and Betts lied. He reported that a dog attacked the officers, even though video shows that did not happen. He also failed to immediately report that he shot a little girl in the face.
The city of Wichita refused previous requests to release the video because they were not required to do so by law. According to The Eagle, it is very rare for Wichita police to release body camera video, but Bennett agreed to release it in response to a request by The Eagle after parts of it were shown in court because evidence presented in open court becomes part of the public record even if it hasn’t been released before.
At his preliminary hearing, Betts pleaded not guilty on a charge of felony aggravated battery related to the girl’s injury.
The Eagle reported this is the fist time in 2 decades that a Wichita police officer is facing criminal charges for an on-duty shooting that resulted in an injury or death.
Police originally went to the girl’s home after her mother called 911 saying her husband was suicidal and had put a gun in his mouth. He was unarmed and standing in the driveway with his hands up when Betts and another officer arrived, but the officers decided to go inside anyway.
Watch the video below via The Wichita Eagle: