DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Police Officer Jesus Martinez intends to file a wrongful termination lawsuit on Thursday against the City of Dallas and Chief David Brown.
Officer Martinez was fired by Brown and the Dallas Police Department after an encounter Martinez had with a panhandler in Deep Ellum. Martinez saw a panhandler violating Dallas city code on solicitation and tried to get him to leave the area. The panhandler became aggressive; Martinez took measures to detain the man until he backup arrived.
Cell phone video of part of the encounter was recorded and put on social media. Chief Brown later fired Martinez.
A Dallas County Grand Jury no-billed Officer Martinez and the City of Dallas Civic Service Appeal Board overruled the firing and 10 months after his firing Martinez got his job back.
Officer Martinez will ask for damages because he was not fully reimbursed by the city for his time away from the Dallas Police Department, resulting in financial loss, mental anguish and severe damage to his reputation.
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