DMN Story on Allen Gwinn
Jorge Torres, Jr.
08/11/03 Fire Bolton Yesterday.
When you think it can't get worse, it
Saturday, a DPD officer who should have never been hired in the first place was
fired by a Chief of Police who should have never been put in his position in the
Let's see. Seems the ex-officer had 2 wife beating episodes while he was
in the military. Although that should have disqualified him from being a
police recruit (much less a sworn officer), it certainly would qualify him to
run for the DISD School Board like Ron Price.
I bet the
Dallas Civil Service Review Board reverses the firing of Officer Derrick
Evans when he appeals. They've
done it so many times in the past, putting rogue officers back out in
the street after they were canned
by previous Chiefs!
This case is also corrupted by Chief Bolton, who railroaded
IAD into this 7 hour investigation Saturday night.
DMN had the goods, so Bolton tried to beat them to the punch,
pulling the trigger on this guy, finally!
Spare us a Police Chief who is
driven by his fear of being exposed, rather than what is right and fair.
There's that messy business of being a murder suspect and failing multiple
polygraphs regarding the matter, all of which would make him a viable candidate
in District 8 which has delivered us the likes of Old Al (bribe-taking) Lipscomb
and Beat that Indictment James Fantroy.
Then he takes a private army to rumble at the Pleasant Grove Rec Center where he
shoots a "not necessarily innocent" guy, who happens to be an ex-con
at the wrong place at a very wrong time.
officer long had troubled past; Difficulties
included failed polygraph, court restraints 08/10/2003
While he was still a recruit in the Dallas Police Academy, Derrick C.
Evans failed a departmental polygraph test about his involvement in a
homicide. Despite his deceptive responses, he hit the street three years
ago as a Dallas patrol officer. Police Chief Terrell Bolton abruptly fired Officer Evans before dawn
Saturday, less than 24 hours after The News asked the chief for
comment on its findings.
Before police ever approved him as a recruit, according to public
records, Mr. Evans twice had been the target of emergency protective
orders after judges ruled that he had assaulted his wife.
And more recently, on July 28, the officer was placed on administrative
leave after he wounded a teenager during an off-duty confrontation that
involved his stepdaughter. Witnesses and officers said 12 to 15 friends
and relatives, some armed with baseball bats and screwdrivers, showed up
with Officer Evans on the crowded parking lot of the Pleasant Grove
recreation center where he shot a 19-year-old.
. . . The information about his background and the recent shooting ?
documented by The Dallas Morning News ? has been available in
police files or in public records.
. . . His lawyer, Lance Wyatt, said Saturday that the impromptu firing was
. . . Janice Houston, the chief's special assistant, responded: "We
followed departmental procedure."
. . . Officer Evans had been on administrative leave since opening fire about
two weeks ago outside the Pleasant Grove rec center. . . . Two days after the shooting, Chief Bolton said he believed the
officer's account. But the chief also acknowledged that he had a
"problem with why he was there."
. . . At the Southeast substation where
Officer Evans was assigned, it was also widely known ? even if specific
details are vague ? that the 35-year-old patrolman was questioned in a
murder, according to several officers.
. . . His former wife twice was awarded emergency protective orders after
judges determined that he had assaulted her while the couple was stationed
with the U.S. Army in Fairbanks, Alaska. . . . The court files are matters of public record.
. . . According to police reports and interviews, Officer Evans, wearing a
"muscle shirt" that exposed several tattoos, a baggy pair of
pants and his badge on a chain around his neck, sped to the Pleasant Oaks
Recreation Center. With him, according to some officers at the scene, were
12 to 15 friends and relatives in three or four vehicles. Some wielded
everything from baseball bats to screwdrivers; Officer Evans had his
. . . Rena Wright said . . . Officer Evans
stalked through the assembled crowd, his gun pointed toward the ground,
but did not identify himself.
. . . Donald Burrell, stepfather of Jonathan Keeton, the wounded teenager,
said Officer Evans triggered a "riot."
. . . among Officer Evans' colleagues
last week at the Southeast substation. . . . "But most of us kind of agree that if he's going to go out
there, he should have called the station or 911 and had an element meet
him there. This one should have never happened."
. . . His former wife said . . . I know they're human, too," she said, "but there are
certain careers that you take on where you are supposed to be upstanding
You would think! This speaks
volumes about the DPD's investigative efforts. It is not only dangerous
for Dallas citizens to have this violent wife beater (chased her with a car,
scratched her face with car keys, etc.) carrying a gun and wearing a badge, but
there was a risk to officers who had to serve with him. Think
about their level of stress working with a guy they knew had been a murder suspect.
They had to worry that some
little thing might trigger a violent response from him.
Next time you belittle a cop or consider them whiners for wanting "fair
pay", ask yourself if you have to deal with a gun-carrying loony every day
on the job. This gun-carrying loony was recruited,
"investigated", hired and trained under Chief Bolton.
According to Fired
officer long had troubled past (08/10/2003
bTwo days after the shooting, Chief Bolton said he believed the
officer's account. But the chief also acknowledged that he had a
"problem with why he was there."That is an amazing
contradiction. An off-duty police officer shows up at a city rec center,
carrying a gun and leading a gang carrying bats and screw drivers? Did the Chief think they were planning to
start a pick-up softball
game and do some repairs around the rec center?
That's it! A wife beater and murder suspect (who Chief Bolton
allowed to carry a gun and wear a badge) was out with a bunch of friends
and relatives to do good for his community.
Even the low-life lawyer who is representing this low-life ex-officer sees
says firing 'political'; chief's aide defends handling 08/10/2003
Derrick C. Evans, the off-duty patrolman who wounded a teenager July 28
during a melee outside a Pleasant Grove recreation center, was abruptly
fired early Saturday
. . . "It was the chief's attempt, for political reasons, to
deal with an article that was coming out in the newspaper," said
attorney Lance Wyatt. "It's just so the chief can protect
. . . In its request for an interview, The News said it had
documented that Officer Evans had sped to the Pleasant Grove recreation
center with several friends and relatives armed with baseball bats and
screwdrivers; that he had failed a polygraph test three years ago in which
he was asked about his role in a still-unsolved homicide; and that courts
twice had determined that he physically assaulted his wife before becoming
a police officer.
The News asked Chief Bolton if he was aware of
the polygraph test and the domestic violence records at the time Officer
Evans graduated from the police academy. On Friday afternoon, a Bolton
aide said the questions would require detailed research that the
department could not complete by Saturday.
. . . Officer Evans was fired for two violations of the department's
Code of Conduct ? carrying his weapon in a manner that attracted the
attention of the public, and "willful misrepresentation or
omission" of his personal history and qualifications for employment.
. . . Ms. Houston said she responded to The News' request
because "he [Chief Bolton] is on his way out of town." . . .
Well, that's a shocker "he [Chief Bolton] is on his way out of town."
When does Bolton stay in
town? Whenever there is a problem, Ms. Houston reports he is "out of
town". What would your boss say to you if you took a vacation day
whenever there was a crisis at work? If the DPD limps along just as well
(or just as badly) with him out of town as in, why do we need Bolton at
all. We desperately need a Police Chief, but we have not had one since Ted
Benavides hired (without even interviewing him) Terrell Bolton to run the Dallas
Ted Benavides never liked Police officers or Firefighters. (Some
deep-seated resentment of his Dad?) On more than one occasion, he
has tried to develop a wedge between civilian and sworn city
specifically hired Terrell Bolton to run the DPD into the ground?
If so, this may have been the only thing
Benavides has accomplished since RON KIRK HIRED TED BENAVIDES just before Denton
fired him as their City Manager.
Once again, Ted and Terrell have put the city in the gun sights of an attorney
ready to take our city dollars for himself and his client. The ex-con who
was shot by ex-officer Evans pretty much has a slam dunk case of negligence on
the city's part in ever hiring him. With the violent history of ex-officer
Evans, the ex-con and he might have crossed paths in life anyway, but Evans
would not be carrying a city badge.
This is about MISMANAGEMENT, not just a rogue officer.
Benavides is as responsible for this disaster as Bolton. He should have
fired Bolton over the Lipscomb bribe episode. He should have fired Bolton
over the way he handled the fake drug scandal. It would have been way too
much to expect Bolton to resign since the scandal occurred under his watch (or
There's a scandal at Baylor -- minor compared to Bolton's wrongdoings.
Financial assistance to college athletes under the table in Texas? What a
shocker! But, the Head Basketball Coach resigned because it happened under
his watch. Not only the head coach, but the Athletic Director. That
would be the equivalent to Terrell Bolton accepting responsibility for something
that happened under his watch, and Ted Benavides resigning because he was the
head guy over Bolton.
It would be necessary for either TB to possess a shred of decency or integrity
for that to happen.
coach, AD resign; school admits
program put on probation
summer of tragedy and turmoil at Baylor University took a dramatic turn
Friday when school President Robert B. Sloan Jr. accepted the resignations
of men's basketball coach Dave Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton.
. . . Dr. Sloan said the committee also determined that athletic
department officials failed to respond properly after being informed that
players were using substances on the school's list of banned drugs.
. . . Mr. Bliss said, his voice occasionally shaking. "I
am the head coach, and I am accountable for everything that goes on with
"I intend to cooperate fully as the inquiry continues,
do what I can to make things light. I came to Baylor to do things right.
We've made mistakes, but we own up to them from this point forth.". .
What a concept -- a department head takes full responsibility for the actions of
his staff and resigns. I won't go into
Dennehy's family knowing full well their son was being "assisted" and later acting as if they were unhappy with that assistance. Their 20+
year old son was cared for and coddled as if he were a child, which is why professional athletes are so likely to get into trouble?
Back to our double dose of TB and ex-officer Evans --
The background of
Evans was common knowledge. There are more questions about some
recent Academy graduates. No one listens to the officers who know the
score. Much like Citizen
D asked last week -- why don't we interview our experienced personnel
for their insight? Why waste money an outside audit? The only people
outsiders will get to talk with will be "suck-ups" who have been
delegated by Bolton. Officers with real information will be kept far
away from any outside auditors.
Officer Firing Posted
by About Time on August 10, 2003, 9:02 am
Thank you Dallas Morning News. The article on the firing of the officer
was great. Next time, ask a few questions such as:
Did the officer doing his background check know of the knowledge and if
he did, who did he tell and covered it up.
If the News did a check on people fired the last few years under Bolton,
they would find many with criminal records. Unfortunately, they
will be minorities. I have heard several investigators in personnel
state that their recommendations are overturned by their supervisors. As
in this case, everyone who accepted his hiring should be help
accountable. Maybe then someone would stand up and have the guts to do
the right thing.
Another black mark against the department. We read the story on the UGC
about the homicide investigation when it happened. Sad, it took this
type of incident to force Bolton to act like a police chief.
Some council members must be getting hard questions from their constituents.
officer's hiring in question;
members ask why polygraph, abuse didn't disqualify recruit
Dallas City Council members said Sunday that they want answers about why
former police Officer Derrick C. Evans was hired, even though he failed a
polygraph test related to a murder investigation as a recruit and had a
history of domestic abuse.
"What is unclear to me is how Mr. Evans ever graduated
from the police academy," said Gary Griffith, vice chairman of the
City Council's public safety committee. "I don't understand how the
background [check] could have failed to identify a major portion of his
life. I look forward to a full briefing by the city manager."
. . . Police Chief Terrell Bolton abruptly fired Mr. Evans, 35,
early Saturday, shortly after The Dallas Morning News asked the
chief to comment on its investigation into the officer's background.
. . . "Anytime we have an officer who is fired, there are
questions about what can be done to prevent this in the future and was
there a mistake with this particular officer that we missed," council
member Bill Blaydes said Sunday.
. . . Information about Mr. Evans' background and the recent
shooting has been available in police files or in public records,
. . . "I think what concerns me is the background check and the
review process for recruits and the fact that something was amiss with his
lie-detector test that was alarming," council member Lois Finkelman
Council member Mitchell Rasansky, a member of the public
safety committee, said he would like to know how Mr. Evans got hired. In
addition, an independent review of police recruiting standards might be in
order, Mr. Rasansky said.
. . . Two
days after the shooting, Chief Bolton said he believed the officer's
account of the shooting
but questioned why he went to the recreation center.
. . . Mr. Evans' attorney, Lance Wyatt, described the former
officer's termination as a "rush to judgment." . . .
Terrell Bolton needs to go. Should have been gone 3 years
ago! If the man had any character or integrity, he would have resigned
His name was linked to Lipscomb in the Caligula Rizos bribe for a cessation of
police enforcement of public lewdness (and drug trafficking and prostitution,
etc., etc.) in NW Hwy sex clubs. Don't ever forget both Benavides and
Bolton stifled any attempt to identify the "high ranking officer" who
assisted Old Al and Caligular Rizos.
News hit that dozens of Mexican Nationals had been illegally arrested and
imprisoned because his Vice Department officers were using a deceptive informer
and were using crushed sheetrock as "illegal drugs" for the basis of
the arrests. Don't ever forget that Bolton considered it a great thing to
get that all that fake drug off the streets because it would have been dangerous
News hit that Dallas has been #1 in crime every year of Bolton's reign as Chief
of Police. Don't ever forget that Bolton blames the high numbers on Dallas
citizens reporting too many crimes.
News hit that an off-duty Dallas police officer took a gang of bat-toting
hooligans to a city rec center and started a second riot that ended with a punk
getting shot. Don't forget that Bolton believed the far-fetched
explanation by Evans.
News hit that Evans was hired by the DPD although he had been a murder suspect
and had failed polygraph tests.
Any one of these and scores of other reasons would be enough to terminate
Only one person can fire Bolton. That would be the City MisManager Ted
It takes 11 council votes to fire the City MisManager. It only takes 5
votes to keep that moron in his position, and Benavides has the votes of all 4
African-American council members and at least 1 of the Hispanic council
members. So long as Hill, Chaney, Thornton-Reese and Beat that Indictment
Fantroy protect Benavides, he keeps Bolton in place.
Absolutely nothing the Mayor or the rest of the council can do.
The main thing needing fixing in our City Charter would be who hires/fires
the Fire and Police Chiefs and reducing number it takes to remove the City
Manager. The Chiefs need to report directly to the council,
just like the City Attorney, the City Auditor, the City Secretary and the City
MisManager. The City MisManager should go on 8 votes (simple
majority). If he doesn't have half the council with him, he should go.
Which is more important to a successful city -- a good City
Secretary or a good Chief of Police?
Under Bolton's watch, we spent or will spend thousands in legal fees and
millions in settlements over
His race-based demotions of several experienced commanders. Any one
of them could run rings around Chief Kim Edwards (formerly mis-managing the NW
The fake drug arrests and imprisonments. Multiple victims.
That ex-con's shooting and the other injuries that occurred when an off-duty
DPD officer lead a gang to rumble at a city owned rec center.
We can save millions in legal fees and settlements and lost business
opportunities by sending Bolton packing. He's from Mississippi, and
one reader thought it was racist of me to suggest he go back to his home state.
Still can't figure that one -- but get Bolton out of Dallas.
We simply cannot afford another day, week, much less months of
meetings and conferences. At the end of the day, whether it's today
or a Monday six-months or a year from now, Bolton needs to go.
Bolton will never accept responsibility for his lack of leadership and lack of
ability. Nothing the Mayor or anyone else says to him will make him admit
As Jim Schutze notes in his 8/7/03 piece:
John Wiley Price has Bolton's back, and we all suffer for it
BY JIM SCHUTZE dallasobserver.com
| originally published: August 7, 2003
. . No one has suffered more brutally from Bolton's misrule than
minorities in this city. The entire "Sheetrock" or fake-drugs
scandal, in which his department sent to prison people on whom fake drugs
had been planted, fell on the backs of Mexican immigrants. More than 80
percent of the victims of violent crime in this city are people of color.
. . . Price, whom I have known for 25 years and with whom I used to
speak regularly, won't return my calls. I want to ask: John, why in the
name of political pride and personal power have you turned your back on
minority and poor citizens of this city? Is it really so important for you
personally to keep your guy? . . . You see, after five years,
that your guy cannot control the department.
. . . The other part of Price's deal was with The Dallas Morning
News. . . . I the old regime agreed to yank its best reporters
off the chief's back if Price would stop burning stacks of newspapers out
in front of the newspaper building.
. . . John Wiley Price is brilliant at manipulating the fears of a
certain breed of old white people in this city.
. . . Bolton has taken his instruction from Price. Repeatedly,
whenever his leadership has been challenged, Bolton has suggested there
will be racial unrest in the streets if he loses his job.
. . . Price, as he did again last week in a letter to the editor of the News,
always insists that any negative story about crime in Dallas is an attack
on Bolton and a breach of Price's deal for Bolton to be chief.
. . . we came out the next day with the story on our cover, and the News
hit the streets with it on Page One. And the next day John Wiley Price
fired off a letter accusing the News of racism and suggesting that
the chief will not agree to any kind of accountability reform. . . .
Bolton's not going to resign. That
would be the honorable thing to do. Our Downtown Betters (the ODB) need to
find him a high dollar job for him like Tom Hicks did for John Ware after he
sold out Dallas taxpayers.
Get Bolton out of here, so we can cut