Dallas Police Fire Officer for Alleged False Claim

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DALLAS - A Dallas police officer has been fired for allegedly lying to a fellow officer about having his foot run over during a traffic stop.

A police statement said Dallas Police Chief David Brown fired Eric Watts Monday. Police say that in an attempt to pull over a speeding motorist who had initially failed to stop, Watts got out of his vehicle, drew his weapon and demanded the driver get out of the car. Watts told others that the driver ran over his foot as he sped away.

The driver was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a public servant, but police say dash cam video showed Watts was lying.

Watts, with the department since 2005, has been indicted for making a false statement to authorities.

Attorney information wasn't available.

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