Dallas police chief cites need for public trust in officer firings

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by CARLA WADE

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Posted on March 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 2 at 7:35 PM

DALLAS — There are new developments in the arrest and termination of two Dallas police officers.

The district attorney had to dismiss dozens of cases as a result of their alleged actions.

Chief David Brown said Saturday the dismissals were difficult, but necessary.

Jon Llewellyn and Randolph Dillon are accused of lying after a 2011 drug bust at an apartment complex in the Red Bird area. They turned themselves in on Friday, and were later freed on bond.

The Dallas County District Attorney's office was forced to dismiss at least 60 cases involving the two men.

Chief Brown told News 8 he had to take quick, decisive action to preserve the integrity of the Dallas Police Department.

"It is really unfortunate, but also the public's trust is paramount to our being effective as a police department," Brown said. "Officers' behavior has to be held accountable, and termination is unfortunately something a chief has to do to maintain the public's trust and confidence."

Chief Brown said he stands by his decision, but also said any fired officers are entitled to due process in the courts and have the right to appeal his decision.

News 8 tried to contact the attorney for officers Llewellyn and Randolph on Saturday, but our calls were not answered. The two terminated officers could face two to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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