Friday, 17 November, 2017

Texas Assistant District Attorney fired after rant aimed at Uber driver

Jody Warner Jody Warner
Kenny Thornton | 14 November, 2017, 23:22

Jody Warner, 32, a former Dallas County district attorney, is accused of berating her Uber driver late Friday night as he took her home, Dallas News reports.

He said he picked up Warner at Capitol Pub in Old East Dallas and she appeared intoxicated, yelling at friends through the window after getting into the auto.

According to audio obtained by multiple outlets, Warner can be heard calling Platt "a legitimate retard" and "an idiot", and also accusing him of kidnapping, after he repeatedly asked her to leave his vehicle.

Platt is heard asking Warner to get out, only to refuse, telling him either to drop her off at her house or to wait for the cops to arrive.

Five minutes later, Platt called 911, with the man recording as he waited for police to respond.

Warner was sacked Monday after a "thorough investigation", according to District Attorney Faith Johnson.

"Although criminal charges have not been filed, her behaviour is contrary to this office's core principle of integrity, and it will not be tolerated", Johnson said in a written statement. "I want to go home so badly but you're so stupid I want the cops to come so that they can [expletive] you up, that's what I want".

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Platt says Warner's behavior escalated to verbal and even physical abuse.

The announcement follows an earlier declaration by the District Attorney's Office that it was investigating the incident, part of which had been recorded. 'You had the opportunity to take me home. "I think this might be kidnapping right now, actually", Warner said in the recording. Platt said it "didn't hurt that bad", but that's when he ended the Uber ride.

"She said "I'm the DA" and she said [to the cop], 'Can I speak with you?' and he pulled her aside away from me," Platt told the newspaper. "She became more and more irate", Platt told Good Morning America. "I cringe whenever I hear or think about the things that I said that night", Warner told ABC News.

A prosecutor in Texas has been fired after an Uber driver said she hit him, belittled him and threatened him during a ride.

Warner did, however, say that Platt made "some accusations against me that are not true". A Dallas police spokesperson told Huffington Post, "We're still trying to gather information about this case". But by 5 p.m. on Monday, Warner had been fired, according to a news release from Dallas County DA Faith Johnson.

"There's two sides to every event", Schulte tweeted. He said she became upset when he tried to initiate small talk and grew angrier after she asked him to change directions.

She had worked in the crimes against children unit for six years. But the law enforcement official simply asked him if he "was good" and when Platt reluctantly confirmed that he was, Warner left with the officer in his auto. Platt did not, however, intend for Warner to lose her job. I mean no harm to her. But the cop and Warner, who was "let off the hook", left in a police auto, he told the Dallas Morning News.

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