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fflTERNALSTATEMENT
ControlNumber:2011-080Date:March21,2011Time:8:30a.m.Place:1400S.LamarStreet
I,
CathrynLafitte,#8641,
amgiving
this
statementatthedirectionofDetectiveDonnaHernandez.#7479,whohasidentifiedherselfasaPeaceOfficeroftheCityofDallasandisconductinganInternalInvestigation.She
has
orderedmetosubmit
this
InternalStatementasrequiredbyGeneralOrders,describingmyactionsduringtheincidentoranyknowledgethatIhaveoftheincidentShehasinformedmethatmyfailuretodosomaysubjectmetodisciplinaryaction,includingdischargefromemploymentwiththeDallasPoliceDepartmentShe
has
informedmethatanyinformationorevidencewhich
is
gainedthrough
this
statementcannot
be
usedagainstme
in
anycriminalproceeding,exceptthatImay
be
subjecttoanyfalsestatementwhichI
make
in
this
statementShehasalsoinformedmethatIamrequiredto
be
truthfulinmystatementandifit
is
determinedthatIhavebeenuntruthful
in
myresponses,Icouldbesubjecttodisciplinaryactionupto,andincluding,dischargefromemploymentwith
the
DallasPoliceDepartmentInresponseto
this
lawful
orderIsubmitthefollowing
to
theChiefofPolice.
SinceDecember2010IhavebeensufferingfromAttheendofJanuaryIcamedownwiththefluaswell.Ihadjustcompletedadoseofformylungsandmyprimarycarephysicianprescribedanotherfulldose
0
Iwas'volunteered'fortheSuperBowlassignmentandmissedthefirstweekduetoillness.IreportedtothesecondweekdespiteinclementweatherandwasevenresponsibleforpickingupmypartnerRossStinsonbecausehisparkinggaragewasfrozen.OntheweekendofFeb5
&
6wewereforcedtowork9Y2hoursofovertime.OnSatthe5
th
weworkedfrom6pmto4:30am.StinsonsleptinthepaddywagonatFairParkbecausehewasafraidifhewenttosleepathomehewouldn'twakeupintime.Iwenthomeandlayeddownfor3hoursbutwasunabletosleep.WemadeittodetailSunmorningat9am,'noexcuses'
as
instructed.ThereasonwewerecalledinearlywasbecausethedepartmentanticipatedaTaxiprotest.AfterdetailIspokewithasergeant,Idon'trememberwho,andtoldhimthatwewereexhaustedandaskedifwecouldbereleasedifweweren'tneededattheprotest.ThesergeanttoldustoreporttoCityHallandwe'dtakeitfromthere.Therewasnoprotest,wewerenotreleased.Wewereallowedtogotoafirestationandtakeanaptwicethroughoutthedayforaperiodofabout3hourseach.Iwasunabletoactuallysleep.IspokewithChiefAccord.Icomplainedthatpeoplewereallowedto66atmidnightthenightbeforeandwewerestuckuntil4:30amthenforcedtoreturnat9am.ItoldChiefAccordthatIhadinjuredmykneeontheiceandthatIhadHefailedtoreleaseus,andtoldustoreporttoGriffinStforthetheMobileFieldForce.Wewereforcedtoworkuntilshortly
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InternalStatementSeniorCorporalLafitte,#8641ControlNumber2011-080DateMarch21,2011before9pm,breakingdowntheCommandPost,cleaning,packing
&
loadingequipment,andmovingitbacktoheadquarters.OnTuesdaythe8
th,
whileIwasstillrecoveringfromtheweekend,ChiefGenovisicalledmeandtoldmemyhardshiprequestwasdenied.IbecameveryupsetandtoldhimhowmuchI'vegiventothedepartmentovertheyearsandhowIfeltthedenialwasextremelydisrespectful.ThatnightIbecamemoreandmoreupset.ThenextmorningIattemptedtogotomyprimarycarephysicianbecausemykneewascontinuingtogetworseinsteadofbetter.Mydoctor'sofficewasclosedduetoweather.MyfriendMatt,andI,wenttotheMedicalCenterofPlanoemergencyroom.WhenIwasgettingcheckedinmybloodpressurewas168/104,whichishigherthanI'veeverseenit.IrealizedsomethingwasreallywrongandtoldthemIneededsomethingforAstheyweretakingmebacktoaroomIwastalkingonmyacursewordwhichwasoverheardbyanorderly.Hemadeacommenttotheeffectof"Ohno,notin
my
E.R."whichwasobservedbyMattandtoldtomewhenwegotintheroom.Iwasleftintheroomfor2hoursuntreated.Staffcameintotheroomtotakemyinsuranceinformationandtakemypayment,butnonurseordoctoreversawmeandIwasgivennothingformyanxiety.AsIwassittingonahospitalbedinagownandpanties,myphonerang.LtDortchstated"Cathryn,I'mconcernedaboutyou.".Iscreamedintothephone"Youshouldbe!"IcontinuedtoscreamabouttheCommandStaffandhowtheirtreatmentofmewasunacceptable.Theorderlycamechargingintotheroomscreaming,pointingandspitting.Mattphysicallytriedtoblocktheman,holdinghisarmsoutandstating"Pleasesir,getout,getanyoneelse,justgetoutofhere."Iputmyleftarmupina'halt'signalandinloudverbalcommandsstated"Getout.Getout.Getthefuckout.Getthefuckoutofhere."TheorderlyshovedMattoutofthewayandtackledmeoffthebedandattemptedtoputmeinaheadlock.Mymainconcernwasnotinjuringmykneemore,somyprimarydefensewastryingnottogodown.Theorderlydisengagedatonepoint,myfriendMattwasstillbegginghimtoleaveandyellingforhelp,thencamebacktoattackmeagain.Finallysecurityarrived.AssoonasIsawtheuniformsIstoppedfightingandwasverycompliant.PlanoPDwascalledtothescene.SgtBynum,LtKingand2lADSgt'salsorespondedtothescene.Theemergencyroomdoctorcame
Pagelof~,
A'ITACHMENT~
 
InternalStatementSeniorCorporalLafitte,#8641ControlNumber2011-080DateMarch21,2011intomyroomfor5minutes,wroteaprescriptionforIbuprophenformykneeandrefusedtotreatmyTotheDPDpersonnelIwashystericalandcrying.Itoldthemthatmyelectricityandphonewereabouttobeshutoff.ItoldthemthatsomeonenominatedmeforSantaCopsandallIaskedforwasdiapersand2TclothesforIwastoldthatSantaCopsdoesn'tgivetoofficers.DPD........"'...........omethatthe'departmenthasletmedown,buttopleaselet themmakeitright'theypromisedmethattheywouldgetmehelp.OneofthelADSgt'sevenaskedshoesize,implyingthatshewouldgetnewshoes.DPDpersonnelescortedmehome,tookmypoliceidentification,badgeandgunsandleftmealone.Aftertheyleftmyconditioncontinuedtoworsen.IcalledLtandtold
him
I
feltlike
I
hadthesymptomsofthatIwasreallyscaredandIreallyneededhelp.gavemea1numberforMobileCrisis.ConsideringthefactthatIwasunabletofunction,thatdidn'thelpmuch.Thenmyphonewascutoffduetonon-paymentdespitethepromisetohelpme.OverthenextcoupleofdaysIkeptbegginghimtofindmeadoctortohelpme.Hegavemetheimpressionthathewastryingbutthat'redtape'ortheCommandStaffwaspreventinghimfromgettingmehelp.Afullweeklater,aftertheworstofmysymptomshadbeguntosubsideandallthatwasleftwasaverymanicstate,Iwasfinallybroughttotreatment.Atitwasdeterminedthatmycrisiswasaresultofillness,exhaustionandtheMyconditionwasmademuchworsebytheattackintheemergencyroombecauseithasnowbeendeterminedthatIdo,infact,sufferfrom_
-.
-~---
-
MyfacebookhasalwaysbeensettopublicbecauseIdon'tfeellikeI'vegotanythingtohide.,Onthe'racist'pictureandmyquote:Thepicturewaspostedbyaguywith2adoptedblackbrothers.
It
wasnotintendedasracist,andifIthoughtitwasoffensiveatallIwouldhavetakenitdownimmediately.Irespondedwith"Quick,sprinklesomecrackonhim."whichisaverbatimquoteofDaveChappelle,ablackcomedian.
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