James Bristo

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Service Record

Dallas Texas Police Department

Rank Sergeant
Badge Number 5850
Dates of Service August 1988[1] - September 20, 2022.[2]
Salary $99,367 (2021)[3]
Last Known Status Terminated[2]

Incident Reports

2020 DWI

James Bristo booking photo
James Bristo

On August 1, 2020, Bristo was seen by officers to be asleep in his vehicle before driving off. Officers stopped him and found him to be impaired.[4]

Response Timeline

On August 1, 2020, Bristo was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated.[1]

Bristo was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.[1]

In February 2021, the case was dismissed as a judge determined there was no reasonable suspicion for the traffic stop.[4]

The department suspended Bristo for 45 days.[5]

2021 Oppression of Darrel Cox

On August 28, 2021, Cox had been arrested for public intoxication and was in a hospital with his wrists cuffed to a stretcher and his legs tied together. Bristo argued with Cox and used a lateral vascular neck restraint, which is only to be used when deadly force is necessary.[2][4]

Bristo failed to complete the proper reports after the incident.[2]

Response Timeline

Bristo was arrested and charged with official oppression, a misdemeanor. During the arrest, he engaged in adverse conduct.[2]

On September 20, 2022, Bristo was terminated.[2]

In July 2023, Cox filed a lawsuit against Bristo, other officers, the city, and the police chief, for use of excessive and unnecessary force.[5]

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