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Panel Revokes License of Ex-Officer For Forging Diploma

Panel Revokes License of Ex-Officer For Forging Diploma

By Jeremy Heallen
Staff Writer The Dallas Morning News

Copyright 1998

Comment By Ed Frawley:

If you have not been following the saga of the Marcus Cook and Texas K9 Police Assoc. on my web site, this article will not mean much to you. But if you would like some interesting reading, go to my list of articles and read the 8 or 9 other articles on this little slime ball that started when he kicked me off their chat list.

I still get a smile on my face when I remember the flack I took from a few of Cooks storm troopers who blindly believed the lies and followed him like lost sheep. I wonder what they are thinking about him today?

With this said there are a lot of good K9 cops in Texas, unfortunately some of them got conned into joining a private (for profit) corporation that was owned by Marcus Cook called “THE TEXAS POLICE CANINE ASSOCIATION.”


12/12/98

HUNTSVILLE - A state commission on Friday revoked the law enforcement license of former Lake Dallas police Sgt. Marcus Cook for forging a high school diploma and other educational records.

Mr. Cook resigned from the Lake Dallas department in December 1997 after the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education began investigating his background. An administrative law judge recommended the license revocation in September.

Mr. Cook did not appear before the commission before its unanimous vote and could not be reached for comment Friday.

"He had a right to come here and defend himself," said commission executive director Jim Dozier. "This is a person who committed a crime of moral turpitude, and he is not someone we want in law enforcement."

Commission staff and the administrative judge both concluded that Mr. Cook had faked a diploma from North Mesquite High School and a transcript of high school equivalency work from an independent study company.

Both noted that the purported transcript and a letter from Mr. Cook misspelled the word college as "collage."

Mr. Cook said at a commission hearing in July that the diploma he submitted in 1993 when he became a police officer was intended to show that he had completed a course of study similar to that prescribed for North Mesquite High School, not to suggest he actually graduated from there.

While he worked for Lake Dallas in Denton County, Mr. Cook became the center of controversies involving several other officers who said that their criticisms of his work had led to them being punished, demoted or fired.

Denton County prosecutors earlier this year dismissed several criminal cases in which Mr. Cook was the only state witness.

Staff writer Gayle Reaves contributed to this report.



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