FORT WORTH, Texas - On
May 19, 2022, Officer Mitchell Miller #4520 was terminated following an
administrative investigation into a use of force incident that occurred
in January 2022.
On January 28, 2022, Officer
Miller arrested a person for public intoxication and transported him to
the Fort Worth Jail. While Officer Miller was escorting the arrested
person toward the jail entrance, the arrested person turned toward
Miller and Miller reacted by shoving the individual toward the ground.
The arrested person fell face first onto the concrete, while his hands
were handcuffed behind his back, which caused the person to strike his
head and lose consciousness. Officer Miller then failed to report this
use of force and told his supervisor that no force was used when she
directly asked him.
another FWPD officer reported his concerns about this incident, the
Internal Affairs Unit immediately initiated an administrative
investigation to review Officer Miller’s actions during this incident,
and he was placed on restricted duty and stripped of all police powers
pending the outcome of the investigation. After a thorough review of the
Internal Affairs investigation, it was determined that Officer Miller
used excessive force and that he was untruthful in the reporting of this
As a result of Officer Miller’s conduct, Chief Noakes terminated Officer Miller’s employment with
the department. The Fort Worth Police Department is also forwarding the
case to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Miller was hired by the department in 2017 and was assigned to Patrol
at the time of this incident. Officer Miller was previously disciplined
for violating several of the department’s general orders during his
contact with a prisoner. His continued failure to adhere to the high
standards that every Forth Worth police officer is expected to maintain
during all interactions with members of the public necessitated the
Chief’s decision to terminate Officer Miller’s employment.
The Fort Worth Police
Department exists to safeguard the lives and property of those we serve.
We strive to accomplish our mission by conducting ourselves with the
highest ethical standards, respecting the sanctity of human life, and
preserving the rights and dignity of each individual in our community.
When force is exercised without justification or restraint, it
undermines the confidence and trust in law enforcement. Members of law
enforcement derive their authority from the public; and therefore, must
be ever mindful that they are not only the guardians, but also the
servants of the public.
Fort Worth Police Department is filled with officers who do the job
right and do it right every day. In this case, Officer Miller did not
conduct himself in a manner that represents the professionalism of our
officers. Our department will continue to hold employees accountable who
do not meet the standards expected of a Fort Worth police officer and
in doing so, we will continue to be transparent and open with our