08/26/04 Has been done and
doesn't work anymore.
If you are new to Dallas (anything under 20 years),
you may not remember former Councilwoman Diane Ragsdale's award winning
performance as she screamed at a citizen, "You are a racist."
Do you remember what set her off?
In 9 days, we had 2 police officers murdered. It started on 1/14/88 when
Officer James Allen Joe (a 34 year old Black
officer) was murdered while working as a security guard at an apartment
complex. Then on 1/23/88, John Glenn Chase (a 26 year old White officer)
was executed with his own gun on the street outside the Downtown McDonald's with
a crowd of people urging the shooter on while the officer begged for his
life. Another one of those non-violent street bums we are about to spend
millions to assist.
... In the Line of Duty,
by DPD Officer Steve
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James Allen Joe (Badge 4949)
At 8:45 pm, Officer Joe notified the dispatcher of a "burglary in
progress" at his apartment complex (Sagewood Apartments, 9941 Whitehurst
Drive) in North Dallas. Joe was off-duty and decided to investigate the
matter prior to an on-duty officer's arrival. He was dressed in a
sweat suit. His badge was pinned to his waistband, and he was armed
with his service revolver. Joe observed Bernard Eugene Amos, B/M/26,
and Gary Von Bennett, B/M/26 loading stolen items into the trunk of a red
Ford Mustang. Joe confronted them, and Amos produced a gun and shot
Joe in the chest. Joe returned fire and struck Amos in the right arm
and left leg. The suspects drove off in the Mustang. Officers
T.W. Jeffress and K.M. Palmolea arrived and noticed the Mustang, headlights
off, being driven away. The information was radioed to other squads.
Officers found Joe lying in the parking lot in his wife's arms.
Joe died at 9:05 pm at Presbyterian Hospital. He left behind
a wife and six children. ... He was assigned to the Physical Evidence
Section. ... The James Joe/John Chase (Chapter 54) North Texas Law
Enforcement Explorer of the Year Award was created in his memory. Joe
was an ordained minister.
Shortly after the shooting, the helicopter spotted Amos crawling
away from the Mustang. Officers D. G. Bishop, Ledbetter, M. Pena and
Litigow arrested Amos as he attempted to hide under a truck. Joe's
revolver and Amos' gun were found in the Mustang. Bennett turned
himself in ... . They are cousins. Bennett turned State's
witness ... had a a previous record of five convictions for burglary and
theft and was paroled several times. He received a 20-year sentence...
. Amos received the death penalty ... had a previous record of nine
convictions for burglary or theft ... was executed on December 6, 1995 by
Glen Chase (Badge 5231)
Officer Chase was assigned to the Central Patrol Division and
worked alone when the stopped a car for a traffic violation at 8:36am on
Griffin Street near Main Street. A two-man squad drove by and asked
Chase if needed assistance. He said everything was under control, and
they drove off. Shortly thereafter, Carl Dudley Williams, B/M/34,
walked near the traffic stop and started yelling at Chase. A fight
ensued between Chase and Williams. Then, Williams grabbed Chase's .44
revolver and knocked him to the ground. At close range, Williams shot
Chase in the face. He walked a few steps, returned, and shot him two
more times in the face.
Still carrying the officer's gun, Williams walked to Griffin and
Commerce Streets, where he was confronted by Sgt. Thomas Ward and Cpl.
Clarence Durst. Williams fired two times at Ward and the officers
fired at Williams, killing him.
Chase died at the scene. He left behind a wife of three
months. ... Citizens responded with support by driving with their
headlights on and giving the "thumps up" sign. The
James Joe/John Chase (Chapter 54) North Texas Law Enforcement Explorer of
the Year Award was created in his memory.
Carl Williams had a history of mental problems and a previous
record of criminal trespass '78, criminal mischief '86, ... and assault of a
The city was reeling.
This was back before car lights came on
automatically. The word went out to drive to work with your lights on
the next day to show support for the Blue.
You had to have been there to appreciate it, and I still get goose bumps
thinking about what I saw from Woodall Rogers, looking back toward Central.
It was awesome seeing thousands of cars coming into Downtown with their
lights on in the day time, every one -- every one..
I don't remember if the headlights demonstration was a Wednesday morning or the day before, but police supporters packed the council
chambers. I think they had a proclamation they wanted the council to
approve. Whatever it was, it was just a nice gesture toward DPD officers.
After one woman spoke (think she was head of a police wives' group), Ragsdale asked her why she hadn't done this after the
first officer (Joe) was murdered (the Black officer, who was working part-time).
DPD Officer E:
It is ironic that both
"Then on 1/23/88,
John Glenn Chase (a 26 year old White officer)
was executed with his own gun on the street
outside the Downtown McDonald's with a crowd of
people urging the shooter on while the officer
begged for his life."
"No one is more
disappointed in Laura Miller than I."
are in your same story.
Wasn't this murder of Officer John Chase the
downfall of Liar Miller when she worked for the
Dallas Times Herald?
Didn't she write a
column saying the police department made up
the accusations that the crowd was
chanting for the homeless man to shoot him again?
And when the Chief at the time
brought out all of the credible witnesses to prove
Liar Miller was, well, LYING in her
column, the Herald FIRED HER???
It is time she is fired again.....
I know the point of your story was not
about this tragic event, but seeing both topics
brought up in your story just touched a nerve with
Officer Chase was preparing to issue
a traffic ticket to the driver of a vehicle he
stopped at 8:40 AM. A homeless man approached and
seized the officer's service revolver. As Officer
Chase pleaded for his life, a crowd gathered and
began to chant, "Shoot him! Shoot him again!" The
attacker shot Officer Chase in the head.
Officer John Chase was a 2 and ? year
veteran of the department. One month prior to his
death, he switched from an evening shift to a day
shift to spend more time with his wife of three
months. His parents and a brother also survive
Back then, many officers acted as apartment security
guards for free rent. The officer executed on the street was on duty.
Not to mention the horror of having that mob urging on the shooter.
The female citizen asked Ragsdale what she meant. Ragsdale asked if the
speaker and the audience only cared when a White officer was shot. The
speaker said "No", that both officers officers were being mourned,
since they had died a little over a week apart. Ragsdale
The woman said something back because Ragsdale was hitting her from left field.
Then Ragsdale started screaming "You, ma'am, are a racist. A racist."
The woman denied the accusation, and started yelling back and Ragsdale was up
out of her chair about to leap over the horseshoe. Someone restrained
Ragsdale, I think it was Old Al Lipscomb. It was horrible, and it was
caught on film by crews from several different TV stations.
That video was played over and over by Atlanta Chamber of Commerce people to
steal our convention business. All those
years of the ODB (Our Downtown Betters) funneling money to Old Al Lipscomb to keep a lid
on our race problems -- gone in a few minutes of a city council meeting.
The episode was very out of character for Diane Ragsdale, who was and is a quiet,
reserved woman, but no one who doesn't know her personally will ever believe
The city council had a Ragsdale moment this week when Brain Dead
Thornton-Reese went wacko.
We get millions in sales tax revenue from the Texas-OU game, and millions more
in national exposure. Very few
people drive in for the game and go right back home after the game. No, Texas-OU fans get here on
Friday afternoon for the pep rallies and start heading back home on Sunday.
The council was supposed to have a simple approval of funds to both schools to
cover some of their travel expenses, as agreed earlier this year. Shakedown Chaney and and
Brain-Dead Thornton-Reese saw a great opportunity to waste some more
of our tax dollars by giving $50,000 to Prairie View and Grambling for their
Suddenly, a very public agreement regarding the Texas-OU game is a Black/White thing.
Miller criticized over Cotton Bowl games:
Some seek funding for Grambling-Prairie View before UT-OU is
August 26, 2004
... council member Maxine Thornton-Reese
accusing Mayor Laura Miller of prejudice for prioritizing one contest ? the
University of Texas vs. the University of Oklahoma ? over another ?
Grambling State University vs. Prairie View A&M University.
... Dr. Thornton-Reese screamed into her
microphone while jabbing her index finger at Ms. Miller, who sat two seats
away. "You are showing that you are prejudiced."
... Grambling and Prairie View A&M are
historically black colleges.
The ruckus began Wednesday evening as
the council debated whether to subsidize the Texas-OU game, played annually
at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park, with $450,000 over three years in economic
development funds or more. As part of the contract, Dallas would also pay
the schools $125,000 each over five years.
Council member Leo Chaney, whose
South Dallas district includes the Cotton Bowl, then asked whether his
council colleagues would consider subsidizing the Grambling-Prairie View
game, also played annually at the stadium, with $50,000 over five years.
... Because city lawyers advised Mr. Chaney that
he must wait one week before the council could vote on his motion, Mr.
Chaney asked the mayor to delay the Texas-OU vote one week "to send the
right message to the African-American community ? so that you don't treat
one game differently than the other."
... "It sends a terrible message to Texas and OU
... to delay," Ms. Miller told her colleagues. "There's no downside to
approving this contract now."
And with that, Dr. Thornton-Reese
launched an eight-minute verbal attack on Ms. Miller.
... Mr. Chaney: "You're sending a terrible
message to the African-American community. All I'm asking is to delay it one
week ? seven days."
... The council directed Interim City Manager Mary
Suhm to find $50,000 in the proposed 2004-05 budget, from which most
discretional spending is trimmed.
Right here, I want to ask why
we still have predominantly Black colleges? Haven't we gone past that?
How many years has it been since the teams of either UT or OU were exclusively
White? What does Brain-Dead's tirade say to Black students and
athletes of both schools? If you don't go to a predominantly Black college,
you are not part of the African-American community?
It is ridiculous to compare the real dollar benefits of a Texas-OU weekend in Dallas to the
money that comes in from the Grambling-Prairie View game. I don't want
to lose either game, but please.
I cannot speak about the history of
these politicos who sit on the
city council, because I haven?t lived in Dallas long enough. However,
I can speak to why Black Colleges exist.
Black Colleges have a lot of tradition; most were formed at
a time when we were not allowed to attend other schools. Most
are still a viable educational alternative to majority white institutions.
We are taught more about our history and place in society, and how we can
foster change in our community. In addition, it affords a lot of minority
kids the ability or desire to go to college, as their options are expanded.
There is no reason to close such institutions.
There is also a legacy component,
just like any other school. We are proud to say that our fathers,
grandfathers, etc went to the same college.
I attended Morehouse College in
Atlanta, GA.,which is consistently ranked among
the top liberal arts schools in the country. It?s
acceptance rate has historically hovered around 10%.
Morehouse is the leading feeder of Black Doctors and Dentists into all
medical schools, as well as one of the top feeders of Blacks into graduate
Some of our most famous alumni
include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Spike Lee, Maynard Jackson, and Samuel L
Jackson, among others.
I hope this will help you with
respect to your question about the existence of Black Colleges in some
I am sick of this absolutely moronic woman. She is a raving idiot with one
of those off-shore Ph.D.'s that Linus Wright set up for a bunch of DISD
teachers, so he could promote them over others with more experience and ability.
I am sick of Shakedown Leo Chaney, who is on leave from the DISD. Until
the voters passed the pay raise for the council, Chaney drew a $50,000+ salary
from the DISD for doing the same thing he did before he was elected to the
council -- nothing, no job description, no responsibilities -- nothing.
This was a planned event. There is no way this was spontaneous.
Someone put Brain-Dead up to pulling this stunt. She can't think fast
enough to have come up with it on her own.
Leo Chaney has a history as a shakedown artist. He was threatening "blood
in the street", marches and riots if the city changed the name of Starplex to
Smirnoff. The Fair Park area (South Dallas) is inundated with liquor
stores. The impact has been devastating. Selling the name of
Starplex to a liquor brand was insulting to South Dallas. As soon as Smirnoff offered
to pay almost $3 million to the Fair Park area community (Chaney controls distribution of the
$3 million), the threats went away. Everyone was happy except Commissioner
John Wiley Price, who called it "blood money".
Then there's Brain-Dead's history as a member of the Board of Tri-Cities
Hospital. That Board ran Tri-Cities into the ground, and it has sat unused
ever since. How she can show her face in public, much less be so
arrogantly stupid is beyond me.
No one is more disappointed in Laura Miller than I, but she is no bigot. Our Mayor is a certified limousine liberal who opens her
heart to all groups, particularly people who adore her.
Miller's Achilles Heel is her limousine liberal need to have minorities like
her. She can't believe the Black community really hates her.
A few Black officials and a handful of preachers are not
the Black community. I'm going out on a limb here and say that part of
their dislike is Anti-Semitic. Old Al Lipscomb was equally disrespectful
toward the late Mayor Annette Strauss, at the same time he was taking money from her.
The bigots on the horseshow are not White. The good news is that both
Shakedown Chaney and Brain-Dead are dinosaurs. They are not typical of the
African-American community. They are politicians, and both only
have one more term. Their styles of operation are as antiquated as their
The council members who gave into these two racists were cowardly and only added
fuel to the fire. The Mayor and Councilman Rasansky showed courage in
their votes, even if they lost 12-2. It is never a bad thing to be the
only one doing what's right. Of course, that message is lost on the likes
of Gary Griffith, Princess Velveeta, Lois Finkelman and Sandy Greyson.
When reason fails, playing the race card is
the tool of a bigot.