Lt. Michael Magiera isn't what you'd call a model Dallas police officer. At a March 7 disciplinary hearing, Magiera received two 10-day suspensions for showing up to work under the influence of prescription drugs and "taking property from others without authorization" at the Dallas auto pound.
He also received a letter of reprimand for sleeping at his desk while on duty in July 2013.
On multiple occasions, Magiera, who is assigned to the auto pound, allegedly removed car batteries and other various parts from cars. He stated these items "could be used for departmental purposes." He did not assign inventory control numbers to the parts, so they were unable to be tracked. It is believed Magiera may have sold some of these items at auctions.
In a separate incident of misconduct, Magiera reported for duty on October 25, 2013, while under the influence of prescription drugs. According to his supervisors, Magiera had an odd demeanor, lethargic speech and a disheveled appearance. He also had difficulty keeping his eyes open and his head leveled. A drug test revealed that Magiera was on prescription drugs and should not have been driving.
Internal Affairs concluded that Magiera arrived to work under the influence of drugs and engaged in negligence, improper handling and "taking property from others without authorization" at the auto pound.
As punishment he was given two 10-day suspensions, which will be served consecutively for a total of 20 days off.