Judge Frees Former Dallas Police Officer Bryan Riser, Questions Remain For DPD

According to a North Texas professor, innocent until proven guilty has never been more relevant than in this case.

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- CBS 11 News at 4:30, the ones for Texas.

- Former Dallas police officer Bryan Riser is a free man today, despite being arrested last month on capital murder charges. New at 4:30, Nicole Jacobs explains why a local criminal justice expert says the Dallas Police Department still has some explaining to do.

NICOLE JACOBS: According to a north Texas professor, innocent until proven guilty has never been more relevant than in this case. He says a detective's mistake paints an ugly picture to the dark side of the criminal justice system.

- [CHEERS]

Bryan Riser's friends and family cheered as he exited the Dallas County jail yesterday afternoon after he was accused in a murder-for-hire plot for two people in 2017. The lead detective, Esteban Montenegro, admitted to making several mistakes in the affidavit, which ultimately led the judge and the district attorney's office to agree there was not enough evidence to move forward with the capital murder case right now.

ALEX DEL CARMEN: He's on every major newspaper around the globe. Where does this individual go get a job from this point forward? How old is he, and what is his forecast of income in the next 30, 40 years? And that's likely going to be the amount of money that they're going to sue the police department for.

NICOLE JACOBS: There's no word yet on if Riser will attempt to get his job back. But according to the Dallas Police Department, he was fired for administrative violations in addition to this criminal investigation. In Dallas, Nicole Jacobs, CBS 11 News.