EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – During today’s City Council meeting El Paso Police Department responded to District Attorney Yvonne Rosales’s office claiming a number of criminal cases were dismissed because EPPD failed to report them to the D.A.
In August, the County Jail Magistrate dismissed over 300 cases that were not indicted by the D.A.’s office on time based on Texas Statute that requires indictment in 180 days or less since the person’s arrest.
On August 15 the D.A.’s office sent KTSM a statement that one of the reasons for so many dismissals was that the cases were not presented to the D.A.’s office through DIMS.
DIMS is a case filing program between the D.A.’s office and El Paso Police Department that is supposed to help certain cases to be processed faster, in order benefit both EPPD and the D.A.’s office, according to Assistant Chief Zina Silva, who presented at the City Council’s meeting.
Cases that are eligible to be entered through DIMS program are usually misdemeanors and felonies that don’t fall under major crimes and the person has to be arrested on the spot of the incident.
D.A.’s statement regarding dismissed cases stated:
“The cases that are being dismissed under section 32.01 are mostly cases that were not
presented to the DA’s office through the DIMS process during the time period that the DIMS
agreement was being renegotiated in July, 2021. The new DIMS agreement was both signed
and utilized in January, 2022. The renewal of the DIMS agreement has led to an increase in the
number of cases filed this year.”
When asked by District 2 representative Alexandra Annello to comment on the D.A.’s office accusation during the City Council meeting, Zina responded that most of the dismissed cases without indictments were concerning people who were already in custody.
“In 99 percent of those cases, the El Paso police have presented those cases in a timely manner, we did review those cases,” said Zina.
Zina then proceeded to say that EPPD has a good working relationship with the D.A.’s office.
According to Zina, EPPD was unable to track the number of dismissed cases under DIMS, but that they are working on retrieving that data for future reference.
City Council passed the motion in question unanimously, authorizing Mayor Oscar Leeser to sign an agreement to fund the DIMS program alongside the County.
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