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DALLAS - Even though a judge has ordered the Dallas Police Department to allow a fired officer back to work, the chief is vowing to keep him off the streets.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown makes it no secret he considers Officer Clayton Woods a liability to the department.
“It’s not a very pleasant feeling to have this officer back with us,” he said.
Internal affairs documents show the 10-year veteran first was suspended for five days in 2004 for excessive force.
“He kicks a handcuffed suicidal man who happens to be black in the chest while he is handcuffed and defenseless,” Brown said.
Those same records show in 2007 Woods was suspended for three days for using racial slurs in an email to an ex-girlfriend.
“He calls the new boyfriend the N word, calls her a ghetto whore and sends it to her,” Brown said.
Woods’ attorney Bob Gorsky said despite the suspensions, it was unfair to fire an officer with 28 commendations.
“Our position was Officer Woods in this case, based upon the facts and based upon the prior precedence that had been set by the department, deserved another opportunity,” Gorsky said.
A judge ordered Woods to undergo training on anger management, honesty and racial and gender sensitivity.
“We’re having to put him back but we’re not going to put him back into public contact even though the judge directed us to do that. We’re looking forward to the next level of appeal,” Brown said.
Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown terminated Officer Kelly Beemer, #9303; Officer Johnny Rodriguez, #8200; Officer Manuel Romani, #8844; Officer James Rucker, #4759; Officer Paul Bauer, #9734; and Officer Henry Duetsch, #9179, during disciplinary hearings Thursday.
It is alleged that on September 5, 2010, Duetsch violated the Emergency Vehicle Operations Policy. It is further alleged that Duetsch engaged in adverse conduct when he intentionally re-positioned a Digital Video Recorder to prevent officers’ actions from being recorded and was insubordinate when he failed to follow the direct order of a supervisor to cooperate in an Internal Affairs Investigation. Officer Duetsch was hired by the department in July 2008 and was assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division.