News 8 reports on Tuesday, Oct. 8 that the Dallas City Council reviewed the fallout from a senseless shooting of an eight-year-old boy shot at his northeast Dallas apartment complex by a 46-year-old man on Sep. 8 this year. At Tuesday morning’s council meeting, Dallas Police Chief David Brown “dismissed concerns that the case wasn't investigated properly,” says News 8. Tempers flared in the community a month ago when eight-year-old D.J. Maiden was shot by Brian Cloninger for no apparent reason while playing "tag" with his friends at the Fox Hollow apartments on Royal Lane. A month later, well-known Dallas activist Roy Williams adamantly insists before the Dallas City Council on Tuesday that Dallas is not doing enough to repair D.J.’s wounds.
The eight-year-old had his jaw blown away by the shot from Cloninger’s shotgun. "And, the fallout just began to ripple through the Dallas City Council, today,” reported News 8 reporter Byron Harris. Harris calls the incident “a senseless crime,” going on to describe the tiny victim’s injuries and recovery that began just two days after the child’s eighth birthday. Harris said, “D.J. Maiden, shot gunned by a man in his apartment complex will bear the scars of what happened to him for the rest of his life. His jaw blown away, just starting to eat solid food.” The eight-year-old boy is still in a rehab facility. His mom has had to resign from her job to be beside her small child as he underwent treatment and recovery. Activist Roy Williams questioned if the man accused of shooting D.J. “is getting the full force of the law, and if the city is mustering all its resources to help him,” says Harris. Williams was removed from council chambers soon afterwards.
Chief Brown said Cloninger could face a life sentence if found guilty. Cloninger was arrested and charged with injury to a child. Bond was set at more than $2 million. “Until we are able to do a full conversation interview with this child, we won’t know any of the real details that only this child will know,” Brown told reporters at the council meeting Tuesday morning. Presumably D.J. is the only known witness and because of his injuries, he is unable to talk. Roy Williams said, “Not one email has come from this group to the family.” D.J.’s city councilman, Jerry Allen said Convenience Bank is starting a fund and Mayor Mike Rawlings said he will make sure the family is getting the full resources of the city, “Which so far are state programs available to the family,” according to Harris.
“Roy Williams and others want to see a permanent crime victim’s advocate and a crime victim relief program in the city. There were no promises made about assistance like that,” concluded Harris.