Benavides Letter on Bolton
09/05/03 Racism is a Two-Way Street whether
Some Think So or Not.
It just gets more weird. When Star Telegram's Bob Ray Sanders and I agree on the time of
day, it is surprising, but when WBAP's Mark Davis gets ONE THING RIGHT about Dallas
politics, it is amazing. The biggest reason local radio talk show
stations must link with national syndicated talk jocks is because they
have no one at their stations who knows a thing about Dallas politics.
Bob Ray Sanders knows plenty about Dallas, but he usually comes at it from a
severely liberal view point. However, he's funny and interesting and
knowledgeable and he makes for good radio talk show stuff.
NONE OF THE LOCAL TALK JOCKS LIVE
IN DALLAS. Most are not from Dallas -- not even from the area. You
cannot know the background of the players by reading bios or chatting up big
shots at banquet tables.
It gets even worse when they try to discuss national or international matters.
As Police Chief,
Terrell Bolton proved from the minute he was appointed he could make bad
decisions faster that you could say Police!!!
It seems fitting to compare Bolton's ousting with that Coach Campo,
former WHITE coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Time after time, both Coach
and Chief seemed to be in sync until the very end.
Bad play calling. Bad decisions. Bad management. High crime
rate. Low morale among field officers. Low performance on
the beat . Low morale: fumbled balls, fumbled drugs.
Lackadaisical training standards.
Here is where coach and chief split ways. Campos took blame for
losing games; Coach blamed everyone else for losing his Chief status.
Dallas needs a BIG TUNA in the form of a Chief.
Taxpayers' cost for ousting Chief Bolton: $68,000.00
the race and his church for his own political gain: Worthless!
Speaking of area issues, did you see DallasArena.com's Ralph Goin standing tall alone at City Hall among
that mob scene with his sign
"Stop the Race Card"? That's what a good citizen does. If necessary, a good citizen stands alone.
DCCCD Trustee Diana Flores was very eloquent in denouncing Bolton's protesters who
carried signs with racial slurs. LULAC President Jesse Diaz also made it
clear the Hispanic community will no longer cow down and let African-Americans
dismiss them and take them for granted.
Back to Bob Ray Sanders. He has a great column about former Exec. Asst. Chief Robert Jackson, an
African-American, now Police Chief in Killeen. There was no
hue and cry from the John Wiley Price, his preachers and other thugs about
Jackson's dismissal. It was
because Jackson had actually worked his way through the ranks and was in his
position based on merit and support from fellow officers, and HE OWED NOTHING TO
JWP AND HIS PREACHERS.
Several officers' testimonials about Robert Jackson (from
I have heard, from previous comments on this board, that
some didn't like Bob Jackson. Count me out of that group.
We worked late nights at NW in the 520's when fixed shifts were
implemented in 1976.
Bob was a damn good Patrol Officer. He had a good sense of
humor and though he was not physically big, there was no need to tell
him that because his heart and energy more than made up for any physical
I'll never forget the night we stopped a dope head at
the MacDonald's on Lemmon/Douglas and Bob had to crawl up his back to
get a lock on him. His feet were completely off the ground, but he
brought him down. I had to pick myself up off the ground from laughing
I'm happy that he did well for himself.
Robert Jackson was bumped down to a Sergeant by the Dictator (edee
ai mean) Bolton because John Wiley Price had much more influence over
who was selected as the next chief than he is given credit. TPOA
leaders believe they were responsible for Bolton's selection because
Charles Daniels asked for their advice.
They never admit Daniels suggested Bolton and asked what
they thought of him. Glover and Bolton worked at the same patrol station
during the same era. (Who else would he have chosen?)
In the early 90's JWP was in a meeting in Washington D. C. where
Robert Jackson was present. JWP blatantly & aggressively
approached Jackson and said, "I will Kick Your Ass."
Little to JWP's dismay, Robert did not back down and eloquently
explained Ch 9 of Texas Penal Code to him. JWP realized he stood
about as much chance against Robert Jackson as a snowball in hell.
JWP wanted Robert to make the sweeping changes that Bolton
later did. JWP found Jackson was his own man and would not
be ruled or controlled by the power hungry dramatizations of an
ex-assistant to Cleo Steele.
Bolton was the weaker of the two as evidenced by his public
humiliating crying spell on national TV. Bolton followed orders
from JWP. Even the Mayor was aware JWP was pulling his strings.
NOW that JWP has aged (he looks rather frail), he wants to
keep his "Your Man Down Town" Title. Have you seen JWP
at any protest?
Cry baby Bolton needs to move on. He fired too many
employees for no reason, and now he is reaping what he sowed.
Bolton was JWP's puppet, from where else do you think he
acquired that alter ego?
NAME ONE MAN YOU KNOW WHO WOULD EMBARRASS HIS SON &
FAMILY BY CRYING IN PUBLIC WHILE MAKING A PUBLIC DISPLAY FOR SYMPATHY?
Imagine how that must have hurt his children.
ROBERT WAS A VERY FAIR PERSON AS A CHIEF.
AS FAR AS JWP GOES, BOLTON WAS HIS LITTLE *** & JWP' FOOTHOLD ON THE
I DO NOT CARE WHAT KIND OF CHIEF WE GET, SO LONG AS HE IS HIS OWN MAN
AND DOES NOT CAVE IN AND LET MILITANT POLITICIANS RUN HIM AND OUR
I've known Robert Jackson for most
of my DPD career and would follow him into any ***-kicking contest
anytime, even though we might both lose. He was troop-oriented,
down to earth and a humble leader. Let me tell you a true story.
In 1993, after 20 yrs with DPD, I decided to take my first
sgt's test. For some unknown reason, I passed it and went for the
oral assessment center. Jill Muncey was supposed to assess me, but
we had recent big-time issues from her IAD days, so she opted to pass me
on to others: one-star general Willie Taylor, Lt. Stan Kay and
some forgettable Hispanic Lt. from SE.
They called me in after looking at my atta-boy/aw-*** IAD
record (numerous *** complaints, including one letter of reprimand for
inviting an idiotic sgt out to play fisticuffs and one for breaking a
car thief's leg - never had time off).
Taylor asked me why they should promote me with such a
record. I replied: "I won't *** you, Chief, I've had my run-ins at
IAD, but have learned from my mistakes."
Taylor interrupted me and asked me if I knew I'd just
violated the code of conduct by cursing at superior officers. I replied,
"no ***?" He ordered me out of the room, called me right
back in to advise they were recommending I not be promoted (only one out
of over 90 interviews that day to be non-recommended).
I didn't like it, but lumped it and walked out. Hell,
I was just trying on the test.....didn't really want it anyway. A few
days later, I was notified that Jackson (2-star Gen over Patrol then and
who knew I was a pretty good cop) overturned Taylor, Kay and the other***
Lt's recommendation during the assessment board's meeting with the
powers that be.
A supervisor who attended the meeting said when Taylor made
a big to-do over my language, Jackson responded: "Willie, if I
demoted all the sergeants that have said "***", I wouldn't
have any sergeants." True story.....reinforced my beliefs that Jackson is a fair
A truly smart person might not be the most
brilliant intellectually. An idiot savant may have a world of knowledge
and cannot use it effectively. A truly smart person recognizes his own
limitations and surrounds himself with smart people for counsel and
guidance. A truly smart person is not afraid of the talents of
With the rhetoric flying all over, Bob Ray Sanders shows the
hypocrisy of Don Hill and Maxine T-Reese. Where was their outrage over the
wrong done to former Exec. Asst. Chief Robert Jackson by
African-American Terrell Bolton? They were glad to see him go.
Jackson was a real cop, who had rapport with and support from rank and file
officers. HE OWED NOTHING TO THEM, JWP OR THE PREACHERS.
sympathy for ex-police chief
Posted on Fri, Aug. 29, 2003
anyone in the world besides Dallas Mayor Laura Miller, that is -- should
be happy over the abrupt firing of former Dallas Police Chief Terrell
Bolton this week, it would be Robert L. Jackson Jr.
Jackson, the former second-in-command in the Dallas Police
Department, has every reason to despise Bolton and wish him ill.
. . . Bolton, wanting to rid himself of those who had been loyal to his
predecessor, popular Chief Ben Click, immediately demoted six top-ranking
officers. And when it came to Jackson, who was executive assistant chief
at the time, Bolton opted not to knock him down just a notch or two but to
bust him all the way down to sergeant. . . . Jackson's pay would be cut by
more than $50,000 a year.
. . . Jackson decided to retire rather than take the demotion and the
orchestrated humiliation that the new chief was dishing out.
But leaving the department still didn't shield Jackson from
When Jackson applied for the chief's job in Tyler, and for
positions with Southern Methodist University and the Dallas Area Rapid
Transit System, sources say Bolton was the main force in torpedoing those
. . .No one would blame him if he had applauded Bolton's dismissal as
Dallas' first African-American police chief. . . . "No, I didn't
rejoice," he said. "I really didn't."
. . . "My first response was, 'I can feel how his family felt,'
" Jackson said.
. . . Jackson was not surprised by this week's development for he, like
many others, felt all along that Bolton had not been the right choice for
Dallas at the time he was selected.
. . . Most of the complaints about Bolton's job performance had nothing to
do with ethnicity, he pointed out.
"We never fought the struggle that said, 'Just because
I'm black, don't criticize me,' " he said.
. . . In the 2 1/2 years he has been in Killeen -- a city that has
grown from 85,000 to more than 100,000 since he's been there -- Jackson
said he has introduced community policing and added patrol officers and
detectives to the force each year.
. . . It's ironic, but had Jackson, a superb communicator and
administrator, remained in his second-in-command position under Bolton
four years ago, Bolton might still be chief.
. . . Jackson suggested that the ex-chief realize that the outcry
from the community will die down in two or three weeks and then it will be
time for him to get his life together and move on.
Last weekend, Bolton compared himself to
Jesus Christ, but it is Robert Jackson who conducted himself in a more
Christ-like manner when faced with the same humiliation as Bolton. There
were 20 reasons to fire Bolton, but there was only one reason for Bolton to fire
Jackson -- he was more qualified than Bolton.
Who would ever think DallasArena.com
would defend Ted Benavides?
This is the wrong time to consider a new City Manager. The biggest mistakes Benavides has made
mostly involved Terrell Bolton. From hiring him to covering for him, when
Benavides knew Bolton was a problem. It's understandable the Mayor might
want to seize the moment to clean house at City Hall, but this is not the time.
at Dallas City Hall?
CDT on Thursday, September 4, 2003
after learning that Terrell Bolton had been fired as Dallas police chief,
Mayor Laura Miller acknowledges, she tried to rally support to get rid of
another of her longtime targets, City Manager Ted Benavides, the man who
fired Mr. Bolton.
"She talked to me the very same day Bolton got
fired," council member Don Hill said. "She was ready to do
. . . after council members reviewed the city manager's performance
in a four-hour closed session, Ms. Miller said she now is prepared to keep
working with Mr. Benavides.
"After today's performance review of the city manager,
there is only one City Council member who I believe is prepared to fire
the city manager today, and that's Don Hill ? nobody else," Ms.
. . . Ms. Miller has said she was not involved in Mr. Bolton's firing but
supported the decision. Neither the mayor nor the City Council can fire
the police chief or any other department head. It would take a
supermajority of 11 out of 15 council members to fire the city manager.
Mr. Benavides said he was aware that Ms. Miller had
been planting the seeds for his ouster. He has also talked to most of the
minority council members and knows that they have some problems with him.
. . . Mr. Hill, the deputy mayor pro tem, said he was still upset with Mr.
. . . Earlier this year, Ms. Miller said she had enough support on the
council to remove Mr. Benavides but decided against it because the city
was entering a critical period that included the mayoral and council
. . . Hill said he wouldn't mind seeing the city manager pay a
political price for firing Mr. Bolton. . . . "I
can't tell you we've moved past it," Mr. Hill said. "Our
community is demanding that something be done."
. . . Dr. Thornton-Reese said. "If my community says he should go,
then I think he should go."
. . . Fantroy said he wasn't willing to help Ms. Miller remove Mr.
. . . Chaney Jr. said Mr. Benavides should not be sacked.
. . . Hill acknowledged that the votes are not there to remove Mr.
Benavides, . . . "their venom is more focused on the
. . . "The manager did what he had to do," said Elba
Garcia, chairwoman of the Public Safety Committee. "He's in charge of
hiring and firing."
Oakley said reviews were mixed on the Bolton firing. . . ."I
believe Ted handled it in the appropriate manner,". . .
There are several good sides to the
City Manager firing Terrell Bolton:
||Bolton out of
the DPD is obviously good.
Just as important, Benavides called the
BLUFF of the HUFF and PUFF "we're
going to riot" crowd and they POOPED.
Several Hispanic leaders have stepped out of
the shadows to denounce racist comments by Bolton's African-American protestors toward
Miller and Benavides.
|| Don Hill has proven to be a toothless tiger who is
out of tricks.
||Bolton revealed to the metroplex his paranoia
and meanness that DPD officers already knew about.
The day after Bolton's firing, WBAP's Mark Davis was saying Bolton got screwed and
Laura Miller was behind it. Davis is totally uninformed
about Dallas politics. He apparently thinks only Dallas has the City
Manager form of
government. We are one of the largest cities to use it, but it is our form
of government. He lives in Tarrant County, and it's really not his
On top of his lack of knowledge about Dallas (historic and current), Davis does
not like Laura Miller. Like many multi-married men, Davis resents strong women, particularly successful strong
Davis completely showed his rear by ranting before he knew the
facts. At least now he is man enough to admit he was wrong. He still
owes Laura Miller an apology.
Big D, which rhymes with T, which stands for ?
Special to the Star-Telegram
we are witnessing to our east is nothing short of a complete meltdown, a
disintegration of a once-worthy public servant and of rationality among
his flipped-out followers.
. . .pathetic chapter in public behavior
. . .We had a particularly topical chat last year, when I asked him how
things were really going in the midst of the heat he was under. . .
. We reminisced about his demotion of some deputy chiefs, which
attracted lawsuits -- some successful. I said then and I'll say now: A new
chief can surround himself with whomever he pleases. When people said he
cost the city $6 million in settlements, I argued that the misguided
plaintiffs and juries were to blame.
But now Bolton has forgotten the lesson he taught those
deputy chiefs: Working for a city means serving at the pleasure of other
. . . Bolton attorney Bob Hinton's ravings aside, the city manager
can hire -- and fire -- any police chief.
"I took my firing like a man," Bolton sobbed Friday
before plummeting into a manic display over the weekend that revealed
nothing of the kind.
It culminated in a shameful race-baiting rant Sunday in the
pulpit of Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. The former chief's
"take it like a man" strategy dissolved into a litany of
name-calling and delusion.
Mayor Laura Miller -- who, let's face it, has never liked
Bolton -- is a "wizard," he said, who has "put this knife
in my back."
Hmmm. Wizard. What familiar group has wizards? And
. . . he jumped on the insane recall bandwagon
. . . Bolton added to the frenzy by daring to invoke Martin Luther King
Jr. on the day that the collection plate was passed for his personal use.
"Let freedom ring!" cried the cartoonish
. . .Signs carried by incendiary protesters over the Labor Day weekend
called Miller a "Child of Satan" and Benavides a "wetback
. . . What better way to decry (alleged) racism than by displaying it?
. . . Hinton whines that his client is now "unemployable."
. . . if he turns out to be neither employable nor excusable, it
will not be anyone's fault but his own.
It is no secret Laura Miller wanted
Bolton gone. She certainly did not want it to happen the day before city
council GUTLESS WONDERS were to vote on board and commission
appointments that included Al Lipscomb. Before Bolton's firing, Lill and
Finkelman were opposing Lipscomb's appointment -- as their constituents wanted
them to do. When JWP's thugs and preachers showed
up at City Hall to scream and curse and Don Hill appealed to council weaklings
to FEEL HIS PAIN, the two Housewife Extraordinares (Lill and Finkelan) cratered
and VOTED FOR A CONFESSED & CONVICTED BRIBE-TAKER to serve on the Police
Of course, Davis being centered in Tarrant County would be unaware of the
significance of that side bar.
Through it all, Ted Benavides is still standing, and
standing taller than he has for several years. He made a huge decision
that could have (and may yet) cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement income,
but he did the right thing, even if it was 3-1/2 years too late.
Don Hill put the story out that the Mayor wanted them to replace Ted the day he
fired Bolton. Big surprise! Our Mayor (who is finally being LAURA MILLER) turned it right
back on Hill. She must have come to realize Don Hill is a back
stabber who has never been her friend. Now, she's giving it back at him hard.
As fast as he lobs her a curve, she's returning the volley with a
hangs on as pressure mounts;
manager vows 'to keep going until I'm asked to leave'
CDT on Thursday, September 4, 2003
Manager Ted Benavides has weathered storms before, but none so intense.
Black leaders are outraged at his firing of Terrell Bolton as
police chief, the city is grappling with budget problems, and Mayor Laura
Miller has again talked about getting rid of the city manager.
Mr. Benavides, though, said the experience has been
"I can't ignore it. It's never out of my mind," Mr.
Benavides said. "I've really been getting into my work. There's not
much else I can do. I'm going to keep going until I'm asked to
. . . Some said the recent tough times for the city manager go with
the job, and that Mr. Benavides' years of experience at City Hall have
made him battle-tested.
. . . John Loza. "The city manager is going to be put in positions
that are tough the deal with. But Ted is tough enough to handle it. He can
be very effective."
. . . Bolton's dismissal ignited a political storm, partly because it took
neighborhood activists and council members by surprise.
. . .Mr. Benavides didn't tell Ms. Miller or council members about Mr.
Bolton's firing until after he had done it.
. . . At least two council members ? Mr. Hill and Maxine
Thornton-Reese ? said this week that they would consider a vote to
remove the manager under certain circumstances, including mandates from
. . . Ms. Miller said she was prepared to work with Mr. Benavides.
. . . "There are things we liked and didn't like about the last
couple of weeks," Ms. Miller said.
. . . "He's having a tough time, but it's nothing another $100
million in the budget couldn't take care of," said council member Ed
Oakley. "He made the choice to stay. It's a tough period. But the
long-range economic problems are tougher than what he's going through now.
. . . Bill Blaydes said he thought Mr. Benavides was holding up well
throughout the turmoil.
. . . Leo Chaney Jr. acknowledged that times were tough but said Mr.
Benavides' scorecard would include more than the last two weeks. . . .
Bolton got where he did by playing
racial politics, deception and double-dealing. Once he made Chief, he cost
this city millions -- not just to pay off the demoted commanders, but their expertise
and experience lost to Dallas taxpayers, even though we paid for their
training and field experience.
Bolton fired qualified people so they would not be looking over his shoulder.
He claimed to want diversity among his assistant and deputy
chiefs. All he wanted were inferior suck-ups who would never acknowledge
THE EMPEROR WAS NAKED!
All this is not just about an unqualified and petty man being removed from a
powerful position, it's about turning this city around.
Much of our problems have been caused by Our Downtown Betters (the ODB) being
terrified of JWP and his thugs and preachers embarrassing the city.
Dallas Observer's Jim Schutze has long said we might have been better off if
there had been a blow-up years ago. Instead, the ODB paid Old Al to keep a
lid on things by huffing and puffing in public and squashing the rabble rousers
in private. A riot would have been a horrible thing and caused destruction
in some parts of town, but could the results be any worse than what exists in
South Dallas today? The ODB won the battle, but almost lost the war.
Ted Benavides did a bold thing and may have done more good in one move than
anything else he has done since Ron Kirk brought him back to Dallas.
Yes, we are going to talk about Con Jerk and Grandpa Jones in another edition,
but it is necessary to mention that bigot in this column on two-way
racism. Kirk played the race card whenever he got in trouble -- like
having JWP and his thugs picket in front of his house after Kirk caught flack
from his white keepers over his digs at the Dallas Country Club. That was
the most fake picketing you will ever see. JWP could not even say why they
were picketing Kirk. We knew why -- to show Kirk's white keepers that he
was not an African-American like JWP and his thugs and he was their buffer
against that sort of riffraff.
Dallas belongs to all of us. Blacks are not THE COMMUNITY, they are just
part of OUR COMMUNITY, and a dwindling percentage.
Ted Benavides did not want to fire Bolton. He had to fire Bolton. He
had two big firsts. Benavides hired and fired the city's first Black
Police Chief. He should fire Charles Daniels next.
City Hall needs time to calm down now and focus on the budget. As I said
in "and he's got a gun...":
|I think Ted Benavides soured on
Terrell Bolton this time last year when he wanted to save $200,000 by
eliminating Bolton's 2 PR people and Bolton's driver. Bolton went
around the City Manager to the African-American council members and kept
both PR's and his driver and their squad cars. That must have
Ted may have jeopardized his retirement, but he finally showed Bolton who's
Bolton knows he deserved to be fired. Bolton used his race to get him
where he is, and he tried to play the race card to keep his position. It
There are multiple ethnic groups in this town, and JWP and his thugs community
had better realize we are tired of his act.
Playing the race card
is a two-way street, and a large Brown Bulldozer is coming down the road to
smooth things out for all of us.