An off-duty police officer is accused of hitting two bar workers and pulling a gun on them because they refused to let him back inside after closing.
Sgt. Hector Roa, 37, was charged Sunday with two counts of aggravated assault, Dallas police said. Police said Roa, a 14-year veteran currently assigned to central patrol, has been placed on administrative leave pending criminal and administrative investigations.
Matthew Kirchmeyer, a bouncer at the bar, said they were closing about 2 a.m. Sunday when Roa, who had been at the bar, tried to get back inside. He said Roa was in plain clothes and didn't identify himself as a police officer.
"He kind of tried to muscle his way back inside," Kirchmeyer told The Dallas Morning News. Kirchmeyer said that when he and the bar owner would not let Roa in, Roa hit both of them.
"I pushed him to the ground," Kirchmeyer said.
He said Roa then pulled a gun out of his waistband.
Officer Roa said the reason he was behaving so badly is because the bouncer called him a racial epithet. Is that an excuse, do you think? Can this kind of incident ever be excused?
What about the charge? Would aggravated assault be enough to get him kicked off the police force and barred from owning firearms in the future? Is anything less than that appropriate in a case like this?
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