Disciplinary hearing recommends termination of Dallas officer

Disciplinary hearing recommends termination of Dallas officer

Credit: WFAA

Officer Edgar Garcia-Martinez

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by TANYA EISERER

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Posted on March 11, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 1:07 PM

DALLAS — A Dallas police officer has been recommended for termination over a November 2013  domestic violence arrest.

The recommendation that Officer Edgar Garcia-Martinez be fired came during a disciplinary hearing Monday. He is expected to have a hearing today before Chief David Brown, where he'll likely be fired because he has a pending Class A misdemeanor charge.
 
According to police records, the criminal charge arose out of an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 29.
 
Garcia-Martinez, his girlfriend and her two-year-old daughter were leaving a friend’s house after celebrating Thanksgiving. As they got into her vehicle, he began looking through her phone and reading text messages from another man. It angered him.
 
"The arrestee began berating the complainant and accused her of cheating on him,” the police records state. "The arrestee then destroyed the complainant's phone by breaking it in his hands. As the arrestee was driving the vehicle to the complainant's residence, he became irate and struck the windshield with his right fist, causing the windshield to crack.”
 
She told police that he then pulled the rear view mirror from the windshield and threw it at her, causing it to strike her right knee. He then pulled the combo switch from the steering column and hit her left leg, “causing pain and bruising,” the records state.
 
The girlfriend told police that she tried to get out of the vehicle as it was moving and that he grabbed her by the shirt and pulled her back in.  She said Garcia-Martinez drove to her apartment and they all went inside. He stayed for several hours then left, the report said.
 
She then told a friend, who was a Dallas police officer, about what had happened. The friend advised her to call 911 and report the assault.
 
The girlfriend had bruising to her left thigh and right left and scratches below her neck and on her right arm, the records state.  
 
Garcia-Martinez declined to give a statement to family violence detectives, but had injuries to his hand and knuckles consistent with her statement, the report said.

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