- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas police officer fired after being accused of using excessive force in a videotaped incident has won his appeal and will be reinstated with back pay.

A civil service review board on Wednesday ruled Jesus Martinez was wrongly dismissed.

Chief David Brown, who fired Martinez last November, says he respects the decision of the civil service panel.

Martinez was dismissed over a June 2014 incident in which a suspected panhandler was pinned to the ground. Someone passing by captured the incident via cellphone.

Martinez was charged with misdemeanor official oppression. A grand jury declined to indict the officer.

A lawyer for the suspect, who’s sued the city and Martinez for alleged civil rights violations, says the hearing was not fair because his client was not asked to testify.


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