Dallas Firefighter Terminated For Kicking Homeless Man

A Dallas firefighter accused of kicking a homeless man he suspected of setting fires has been terminated. Firefighter Brad Cox was placed on administrative leave following release of a police body-cam video showing him kicking Kyle Vess in 2019. The video surfaced earlier this year.

Vess’s family filed suit in federal court last August naming Dallas and Cox personally. Since then, the family has been calling on city officials to fire Cox and have him charged criminally.  Here is their press conference last week.

According to the Dallas Morning News, city spokesman Jason Evans issued a written statement indicating Cox was “no longer a member of the department” as of Friday.

Here is more on the incident:

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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