Dallas Police Chief Fires Officers Accused of Misbehaving

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    Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle is giving some officers the ax.

    A disciplinary hearing Monday ended with the termination of four Dallas police officers accused of engaging in bad behavior. 

    Road rage led to the demise of Officer Daniel Hageman's career, according to the Dallas Police Department. He was indicted on March 30 on charges that he fired his weapon at a moving vehicle in Garland last May. Hageman had been with the department since November 2001 and was assigned to the Central Business District.

    Alleged check fraud put a 20-year veteran officer on the other side of the law and out of a job, according to the police department.   Senior Cpl. James T. Sims is accused of writing hot checks and was arrested in Kaufman County last July.  Authorities said he also failed to pay debts ordered from judgments in Kaufman County and Dallas County.  Sims was assigned to the South East Patrol Division.

    Officer Jeffrey Fowler's firing comes after he was arrested and charged with two counts of intoxication assault, as well as another arrest for public intoxication, according to the department. Fowler is also accused of making profane and threatening comments to his supervisors and associates.  He was assigned to the Northwest Patrol Division and had been with the department since January  2007.

    Lt. Paul Wisdom, a 19-year veteran of the police department, is accused of leaving a series of profane and intimidating voice messages for Waxahachie school officials. He was assigned to the Communications Division. Wisdom told investigators that he was just expressing his displeasure, didn't mean to be threatening and felt like he was baited into making the calls.

    Wisdom and the other terminated officers have a right to appeal the decisions, the police department said. 

    Chief David Kunkle has fired some 66 officers since taking over the department in June 2004, the Dallas Morning News reported.

    Dash-cam video footage of three other Dallas police officers has recently placed the department in a negative light.

    Officer Robert Powell resigned amid public outrage last week after he delayed a man from visiting his dying mother-in-law at a Plano hospital.

    Less than a week after that incident, Dallas police confirmed that two high-ranking officers were reassigned and others may face criminal charges in connection with an arrest captured on dash-cam in downtown Dallas.