Dallas police officer James Boyd, who is facing multiple federal civil rights charges, will undergo a mental health assessment to determine whether he should be allowed to remain on the force, the Dallas Morning News reported Thursday.
The investigation into Boyd comes as the Dallas Police Department faces multiple internal investigations and a series of high-profile deaths.
The department fired Boyd last month after a grand jury declined to indict him on several felony counts related to a deadly shooting in January.
In July, the Texas Supreme Court ordered Boyd to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, but it’s unclear whether that will happen before the investigation into his mental health begins.
Boyd has been charged with felony aggravated robbery and aggravated assault and faces up to life in prison if convicted.
He’s accused of stealing nearly $9.5 million worth of police uniform, including a pair of uniformed officers’ uniforms.
Boyd was fired by the Dallas police department in November after a federal investigation into alleged corruption and abuse at the agency revealed multiple internal issues, including widespread misconduct.
Boyd faces a $2 million bond.
The Dallas Police Dept. said in a statement that the department is aware of the federal investigation and has opened an internal affairs investigation into the incident.
“At this time, we cannot confirm or deny the existence of an investigation,” the statement read.
Boyd’s attorney, Stephen Wainstein, told the Morning News that Boyd had been undergoing treatment since being fired from the Dallas department in June, adding that Boyd would “probably be discharged” as soon as his mental condition improves.
Wainsteins attorneys also said Boyd has not had any disciplinary action in the past two years.
He also said that the allegations against Boyd are baseless and that Boyd’s mental health is a top priority.