DPS Troopers in Trouble

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

More than half of Bowie County's Department of Public Safety troopers have been suspended or fired over the last two weeks.

A DPS spokesman confirmed suspensions, firings and trooper appeals, saying the disciplinary action resulted from an internal investigation since January.

Spokesman Tom Vinger declined to give further details, saying only that DPS troopers from other counties are doing traffic enforcement in Bowie County.

Attorney Kyle Davis, who represents a suspended trooper, says eight out of the northeast Texas county's 13 troopers received suspension letters. Several have since been fired.

Davis says the troopers are accused of changing the dates on traffic stop warnings to meet DPS unwritten quotas.

Davis says firing the troopers was too harsh, and the punishment should be comparable to the wrongdoing.

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