In March, Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle fired Senior Cpl. Jeffrey "Jack" Nelson, one of the three officers involved in the now-infamous phony ticket scandal that also resulted in the officers filing a lawsuit against D magazine last July. As The News recounted upon Nelson's firing in the spring:
Senior Cpl. Jeffrey Nelson ... entered "inaccurate, false or improper information on citations" and engaged in an unacceptable "pattern of enforcement activity," according to police. Cpl. Nelson also used "inappropriate force" on a handcuffed woman and had people sign blank citations.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to the Observer's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Dallas's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
But Nelson and his colleagues -- Senior Cpl. Al Schoelen, who was also fired; and Senior Cpl. Timothy Stecker, who received a 10-day suspension -- insist they didn't do anything wrong, despite the investigations and subsequent punishments. So tomorrow morning Nelson will finally take his case to City Hall, where he and his two attorneys will face off against Assistant City Attorney Amy Messer in front of Administrative Law Judge Kimberly Lonergan, who will determine whether or not he can get his old job back. Expect a full house and a long day. --Robert Wilonsky