Chief Brown Demotes an Officer
Following an investigation by the Internal Affairs Division and disciplinary hearings held today, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown demoted Major Edwin Ruiz-Diaz to the rank of Lieutenant.
On May 9, 2013, Major Ruiz-Diaz, who had just completed his tour of duty and still in full police uniform, met a friend at a bar in Grapevine, Texas. It was reported to Grapevine Police that a uniformed officer was in the bar and consuming alcoholic beverages. Grapevine Police responded and identified that officer as Major Ruiz-Diaz.
The Internal Affairs investigation concluded that Major Ruiz-Diaz possessed and consumed an alcoholic beverage while in uniform. For his actions, Major Ruiz-Diaz was demoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He has been on the department since May 1989 and was assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division during the time of this incident.
Major Ruiz-Diaz was appointed to the rank of Major and therefore does not have the right to appeal his discipline.