Faith Leaders Call For Stiffer Charges For Deep Ellum Assault Suspect

Austin Shuffield
Photo credit Credit: Dallass County Jail

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Faith leaders in Dallas are calling for stiffer charges to be brought against a man caught on video beating a woman in a Deep Ellum parking lot. 

Pastors from across Dallas came together at Joy of Tabernacle Church in Dallas to call for the re-arrest of Austin Shuffield who is accused of the beating and for what they feel is equal justice for victim L'Daijohnique Lee. 

Reverend Michael Waters is the pastor at the church.

"We are concerned that today, the violent armed perpetrator is free and has been charged with a mere misdemeanor. We doubt seriously that if the assailant were black and the victim was a young white woman, that this would be the case," Waters says.

Lee's attorney Lee Merritt is calling for hate crime charges to be added, and says they wont stop until justice is served.

"She has been forced to live in fear for the past 5 days. There is a community that has stepped up to say, 'we love you and we will fight for you."

Dallas police say they continue to investigate the case to see if additional charges should be added.​