What Does It Take to Get Fired From the Dallas PD? Let's Go to the List of the Dismissed.

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Yet again, the Dallas Police Department sends an email saying there's a press release on Facebook -- so many hoops, but so worth it. The department says Chief David Brown's fired three officers, including Senior Corporal Cat Lafitte, otherwise known as the artist who took to Facebook in February to brag about her "Jerry Springer style" dust-up in a Plano hospital.

Also on the dismissed list: Sergeant Hector Roa, involved in a 2010 Greenville Avenue bar brawl during which, DPD says, he "was found to be intoxicated in a public place and was carrying a secondary weapon with which he had not qualified." For starters. And: Officer Lavar Horne, who "conducted a traffic stop during which he conducted a search of the vehicle and seized a handgun and marijuana," none of which made its way to the property room -- hence not only his firing, but also his arrest. Jump for the whole shebang.
Chief Brown Terminates Three

Following investigations by the Internal Affairs Division and disciplinary hearings this afternoon, Police Chief David O. Brown terminated three officers from employment with the Dallas Police Department. The officers are Senior Corporal Cathryn Lafitte #8641, Sergeant Hector Roa #7374 and Police Officer Lavar Horne #8345.

On February 9, 2011, Senior Corporal Lafitte visited a Plano, TX hospital emergency room and during her visit became involved in a disturbance that resulted in a response by the Plano Police Department. Senior Corporal Lafitte later posted comments on Facebook which by their nature would have a tendency to adversely affect, lower or destroy public respect and confidence in the Dallas Police Department or in her as a police officer. During the period of May 19, 2011 through May 25, 2011 Senior Corporal Lafitte was absent without leave and on May 19, 2011 she violated the departmental sick leave policy.

On February 7, 2010, Sergeant Hector Roa was off duty and in civilian clothing when he became involved in an altercation at a Greenville Avenue Bar that led to his arrest for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. During this off-duty incident, Sergeant Roa was found to be intoxicated in a public place and was carrying a secondary weapon with which he had not qualified. On September 3, 2010, while Sergeant Roa was on Administrative Leave, he engaged in conduct which resulted in him receiving a citation for Reckless Conduct, was found to be intoxicated and was untruthful to a supervisor.

On April 28, 2011, Police Officer Horne conducted a traffic stop during which he conducted a search of the vehicle and seized a handgun and marijuana. The occupants of the vehicle were allowed to leave with no enforcement action taken. Officer Horne did not deliver the property to the Departmental custodian prior to the end of his shift, but instead placed the weapon in his personal bag and threw the marijuana away. During the Internal Affairs' investigation, it was discovered that on two separate occasions Officer Horne had failed to devote his entire time and attention to the business of the department. Additionally, during April 2011, Officer Horne failed to follow established Departmental policies and procedures when he deactivated his Digital Video Recorder during the course of conducting traffic stops, operated his city vehicle without activating the Mobile Work Station and failed to mark out his location while conducting traffic stops.

Under civil service rules each of the officers have the right to appeal their terminations.

In addition to the disciplinary action, Officer Lavar Horne was arrested on two charges, Theft by a Public Servant and Tampering with Evidence. Both charges are Third Degree Felonies which are punishable by incarceration of from 2 to 10 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

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badnewsdallas
badnewsdallas

This guy is bad news, had to get a restraining order on him because my kid was saying Hector hit him. Yep, even after that he's still on the streets. Guess he's moved past pulling guns on people, drunk driving, hit and runs, now he's on to kids. He's lucky I let the law handle it instead of me. Baffles my mind though how he is still trolling.

Joel Strickland
Joel Strickland

Dishonesty, lack of integrity, abuse of power.

Does lying about co-workers in order to get them fired count? If so, i do believe rhonda richeson should be up here with her fellow officers.

Oh thats right, she's still on the department. Lies and fraternization go pretty far with rhonda 

justme
justme

i would love to see Chief Browns Discipline Record......

Baddatesindallas
Baddatesindallas

It's the DPD Follies! But, this is peanuts, compared to what really shakes down up at corporate.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Administrative Law Judge will reinstate them so whats new.

MattL1
MattL1

The kept the gun and threw the weed away?  I'd have done the exact opposite.

james
james

it's the CIVIL REVIEW BOARD. i was on a fired cops jury when he sued for reinstatement.

Marvin
Marvin

How did he get caught?  Did he do it on camera?  Did he record that he took it?  Did somebody complain that a cop took his gun and weed?  Which is most stupid?

Montemalone
Montemalone

He probably already had a seized stash of primo, so didn't need it.

TimCov
TimCov

From the sound of it, it was probably a pretty small amount of weed. Considering that most firearms go for $200 or more when sold to firearms dealer, he made the right choice. 

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