City News Roundup
Upcoming election and cops top this edition of Dallas city news
There's a big election coming up on November 6, and early voting has already broken records. Some Dallas police officers were fired, and one is being sued.
Here's what happened in Dallas city news this week:
Police officers terminated
Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall has fired four police officers in the past few days.
Major LaToya Porter was fired for serving as a subject matter expert for the City of Dallas Sergeant Assessment examination and providing sergeant assessment training through her private company for a fee. Porter also interfered with the integrity of an administrative investigation.
Major Paulette Richardson was fired for receiving a gift and/or gratuity from subordinate employees, and for interfering with the integrity of an administrative investigation.
Police Officer Natalia Garcia was fired after getting arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, and being intoxicated in public in July 2016. She then gave inconsistent, conflicting, and/or misleading statements during an investigation.
Senior Corporal Raymond Ramos was fired after harassing a citizen in 2016 via telephone calls, text messages, and in person, sufficient to prompt a police response by the Garland Police Department. He also failed to obey a written direct order not to contact the citizen, and used city equipment for a purpose other than departmental or city business.
Botham Jean lawsuit
The family of Botham Jean has filed a federal lawsuit against Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who shot and killed Jean in September. Amber Guyger faces manslaughter charges for the death and been fired from the Dallas Police Department. The suit argues that Amber Guyger used excessive force.
Guyger was in full uniform when she fired into the apartment, and the suit argues that she was acting in her scope of duty as a police officer. The city of Dallas is also named in the suit.
Dallas dentist hitman sent to death row
Kristopher Love, who was found guilty of murdering Kendra Hatcher, a Dallas dentist shot at her Uptown apartment in 2015, has been sentenced to death.
Love was hired by Brenda Delgado, the ex-girlfriend of the man Hatcher was dating. Police say Delgado was jealous and ordered the hit to get Hatcher out of the way.
During trial testimony, the jury heard from Crystal Cortez, who drove the getaway car. She testified against Love to avoid the death penalty, in exchange for a 35-year prison sentence. Delgado faces capital murder charges, and is awaiting trial.
The jury took only three hours before voting to condemn Love to death by lethal injection.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke will make a final swing through Dallas this weekend to appear at a charitable dinner and a blockwalk party on Lower Greenville.
O'Rourke is scheduled to give opening remarks at the 37th Annual Black Tie Dinner on November 3, the largest fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign and a dozen local charities serving the LGBT community.
He'll follow that with an appearance at Good Records on Greenville Avenue for a blockwalk celebration beginning at 8 pm.
No sign of Ted Cruz.
There has been a huge increase in early voting in this election. As of day 10, nearly 4 million Texans have voted. About a third of eligible voters in the 30 most populous counties in Texas have cast ballots, according to the Texas Tribune.
Friday is the last day to vote early. Polls are open until 7 pm. Tuesday is Election Day. Polling locations can be found here.