Crime

Tomorrow, a Thrice-Fired Dallas Police Officer Once More Asks Judge For His Job Back

Was just taking a peek at tomorrow's list of public meetings when I stumbled across this familiar name: Fernando Perez, on-and-off ex of the Dallas Police Department. Perez has a hearing scheduled at 9 a.m. tomorrow in front of Administrative Law Judge Willie Crowder, during which the officer, fired seven months ago, will ask for his job back -- not for the first time neither.

Perez is the guy D's Trey Garrison once called "The Worst Cop in Dallas" for myriad reasons -- among them, in October 2006, he violated the department's high-speed pursuit policy, which resulted in the deaths of two men and a wrongful death lawsuit. DPD chief David Kunkle fired Perez in January for using an official vehicle to drive to and from work after his own car had been repo'd. As Perez has already been reinstated twice, he likely enters tomorrow's hearing at Dallas City Hall a bit more hopeful than most who go through the process of trying to get their jobs back.

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Robert Wilonsky
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