SWAT officer disciplined after slow-speed chase gets reinstated

A Fort Worth police SWAT officer has been reinstated after he was placed on leave and stripped of his gun and badge for his actions during a recent slow-speed chase.

Officer Brian Gentry will return to the SWAT Team on Monday, officials with the Fort Worth Police Officers Association announced Friday.

The two-hour chase and takedown that Gentry was involved in on May 27 started in Fort Worth and ended in Arlington.

During the takedown of the suspect, Gentry was the first officer out of an armored vehicle that rammed the car that the suspect was driving.

Gentry was carrying a non-lethal 40-millimeter pellet launcher and appeared to hit the suspect with the butt of the weapon.  

The attorney for Gentry, Officer Dennis Alise and the Fort Worth Police Officers Association lashed out Thursday against the disciplinary actions taken by the department.

Alise was the driver of the tactical armored vehicle that rammed the suspect car toward the end of the pursuit. Police officials call the move an unauthorized maneuver.  

Alise, a veteran officer with in-depth tactical training, has been reassigned to street patrol.

"At this time, we ask for your continued support of Officer Dennis Alise as his actions to quickly and effectively stop the pursuit are still being investigated," the Fort Worth Police Officers Association said on Friday.

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