Fired DART Officer Files Federal Suit, Claims "Malicious Prosecution" Over '07 Incident

Back in July 2007, the tale of Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer Susan Craig merited but a few sentences in the regional roundup. The story then: "Dallas Area Rapid Transit officials said Officer Susan Craig falsely claimed that a rider she arrested Monday had kicked her in the head during an altercation on a DART train." Craig was put on paid leave. End of story. Only, not so much:

According to documents filed in Dallas federal court Wednesday, Craig was fired in November 2007 after several fellow officers claimed she faked an injury to her right eye. The DART police chief then referred her case to the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, which resulted in Craig's being indicted on three charges, including falsifying a document and tampering with evidence. She was tried in February 2009 solely on the tampering charge and was acquitted.

Which is why Craig has decided to sue DART and her former fellow officers for "malicious prosecution." She wants money -- the amount to be determined at trial. Her complaint follows.

Susan Craig v DART