- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - A former Dallas police officer will try to get his job back after a jury found him not guilty of assault and official oppression after the alleged victim was deported and didn’t show up for court.

Prosecutors said they couldn’t present a case against 37-year-old Rene Villanueva on Monday because his accuser, Ambrosio Monsavais, was deported earlier this year after pleading guilty to criminal charges. The judge instructed the jury to return with a not-guilty verdict.

Villanueva had worked as a patrolman since 2007 but was fired in March after being indicted on the charges. A dashboard camera showed Villanueva punching Ambrosio during a November 2013 traffic stop.

Villanueva’s attorneys believe the police department will consider his termination appeal early next year.

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