Dallas officer recommended for termination over family violence charges

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by TANYA EISERER

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WFAA

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 27 at 10:06 PM

DALLAS -- A Dallas police officer now faces losing his job over family violence-related charges following a disciplinary hearing Thursday.

Dallas Police Senior Corporal Kristoffer Lewis was recommended for termination during the hearing. He has been placed on administrative leave, pending a decision by Police Chief David Brown.

The disciplinary hearing came days after the chief acknowledged to News 8 that it was a mistake not to have already set Lewis’ case for a disciplinary hearing. News 8 reported earlier this week that no disciplinary action had been taken, even though internal affairs investigators sustained several allegations against Lewis nearly two years ago over a 2011 confrontation with his wife.

"We made a mistake. We should have scheduled this case for a disciplinary hearing sooner. There is no excuse, and we regret our error,” the chief said in an e-mail.

It is not known when Brown will make a decision. The chief’s practice in other similar situations has been to fire the officers.

Starr Lewis, Sr. Cpl. Lewis’s wife, previously told News 8 in exclusive interview that she was frustrated with the department’s handling of her husband’s case. She said Thursday she is pleased to see the department taking action.

Lewis’ misdemeanor assault and violation of a protective order cases are set for trial in a Dallas County court next week.

He is accused of slamming his wife’s head into a door frame and punching her in the back. He is also accused of sending threatening text messages to her, including one in which he admits to punching her and says he plans to plead guilty, according to court records.

The officer told Dallas police internal investigators that she was the aggressor, that she hit her own head against the door frame and that he hit her in the back to keep her from grabbing his daughter.

In e-mails to News 8 earlier this week, Lewis said that he could not comment because of the pending criminal allegations. Lewis made disparaging remarks about his estranged wife’s character and said that the “full story” had not been told.

Lewis denied that the text messages were threatening to his wife.

“They were considered threatening because she took it to mean I was going to hurt myself,” he wrote. “I never once threatened to harm Starr.”

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