At Mitch Rasansky's November townhall meeting, he had the City MisManager,
the City Attorney and the Chief of Police at the podium to address the citizens
and hear their concerns. People from the NW-Bachman area always go to
Councilman Rasansky's townhall meetings because the various council members who
represent pieces of our community under the old council lines seldom (if ever)
have townhall meetings up here.
||What should have
been a big showdown turned out to be pretty much a waste of time, except for
some excitement provided by our very own Mary Lou Montes Zijderveld.
Councilman Rasansky read the r?um? of all three before they were allowed to
make their speech. The City MisManager's r?um?was a recap
of his career as a Dallas bureaucrat elevated above his abilities who left
temporarily for Denton but returned when That Former Mayor went looking for a
"yes" man. The Chief of Police had a slim to none r?um?
He actually listed being named Oak Cliff Businessman of the Year!
How does a city employee (public safety or civilian) qualify as a
"businessman", unless he has a side business? Bolton did not
mention having a side business, but he did repeat that title when he was
speaking. That was his claim to fame?
From the beginning when he was named Chief, DallasArena.com has said Terrell Bolton made his
bones on the "milk and cookies" circuit as a community relations cop
-- sucking up to every crime watch president he could -- and every
politician at City Hall (elected or employed). He had no qualifications
for being in the position he held before Chief, and even fewer for being DPD
Chief of Police. No one knows that better
than Chief TB.
Chief TB understands what was going on with that once-upon-a-time Emperor and his inept tailor. The emperor had a tailor who couldn't sew, which was just
as well because the faux-tailor couldn't cut out an outfit from a roll of fabric
either. The faux-tailor was working for a complete idiot ( who may have
been the product of multi-generations of cousins marrying cousins, but that's
another story). So, as
long as no one had the nerve to point out the emperor was walking around sans
clothes, the tailor had a really sweet deal.
Since the faux-tailor had
something (like pictures?) on most of the people around the emperor, none of
them were going to give the emperor a clue. If it hadn't been for a little
girl who yelled out that the emperor was wearing no clothes, that poor old fool
might have caught his death of cold.
Chief TB is like that faux-tailor. I am convinced he has something on a
bunch of big shots because there is no other explanation of why he is still the
Chief of Police after all of his screwups. There is no one who can
honestly say this guy is qualified to head up the DPD.
When it was his turn to speak at Rasanksy's townhall meeting, Chief TB said when
he first became Chief that he made a lot of people mad because of the demotions
and promotions, but that the city was better for his actions. Says
who? He did not mention the subsequent lawsuits. He did not mention
the fake drug cases. Neither did Mary Lou.
Our Mary Lou stepped right up to the microphone and asked Chief TB why he has
never tried to determine what officer assisted Old Al Lipscomb in the Nick Rizos
bribe for non-enforcement dirty deal. There was a clear implication that
she had a really good idea of who that "high ranking officer" was, and
Chief TB caught the implication. How did he respond?
It was like de ja vu all over again. When Donna Blumer tried to force an
investigation to determine the identity of that "HIGH RANKING POLICE
OFFICER" who assisted Old Al, John Loza (then Chair of the Public Safety
Committee) said it was a waste of time to delve into something that happened 8
or 9 years ago. That was at least 2 years ago. So, now it's even
older news, but it's still new news to those of us in the Bachman area.
For reference, some old DallasArena.com commentaries will bring you up to speed:
Old Al, Caligula & What
Cop?; It was the
Lt.?; Loza Shields
Bolton; Both TB's
Need to Go and The
You see, we didn't know about it until 2 years ago. We knew something was
going on to allow the rampant drug dealing and sex dealing and public lewdness
in the sex clubs with absolutely no police enforcement -- we just didn't know a
high ranking police officer had aided Old Al Lipscomb follow-through on his quid
pro quo for the bribe he took from Caligula Rizos. John Loza thought it
was old news and of no consequence in 2001.
Chief TB liked that stall tactic so much, he resurrected it when Mary Lou hit
him with the question. He did not deny he was the high ranking officer,
but he said that's all in the past. Not for us!
Chief TB would like to think he has passed the danger zone regarding those fake
drug arrests because no one at City Hall is giving him flack about it. He
thinks it's been almost a year and the fake drug cases haven't really been
pinned on him. Chief TB thinks wrong!
The lawsuits haven't even begun. As
DallasArena.com said in Mexico's
Economic Stimulas, this mess is going to be with us for a
while. It was very timely for the DMN to resurrect this story here at the
anniversary of the breaking news:
scandal has lingering effects; As grand
jury works to assign blame, DA enacts safeguards
scheme involving at least three Dallas police informants to plant bogus
drugs on innocent immigrants in exchange for snitch pay started to unravel
about this time last year.
Lab tests showed that several big drug busts made by the
Dallas Police Department involved nothing but chalk or only traces of
illicit substances. Prosecutors and defense attorneys were asking
questions. Reporters were nosing around. The problem was about to go
Twelve months later, a federal grand jury is hearing
witnesses' testimony. Two undercover Dallas narcotics officers remain on
paid leave. Three of their former informants have pleaded guilty to civil
rights charges in the cases.
But the biggest question ? who's to blame ? remains
"I place the full blame on the Dallas Police Department,
the narcotics department, because they were not supervising these rogue
informants," says Richard Carrizales, a longtime Dallas defense
. . . Dallas police spokeswoman Janice Houston declined
to comment, citing the ongoing FBI investigation. Until the federal probe
wraps up, she says, any comments about what might have happened amount to
"speculation." Members of the narcotics unit have signed letters
agreeing not to talk about the cases.
. . . District Attorney Bill Hill also says he's planning a review
in 2003 of all policies ? in every area of his office ? to ensure that
there are no shortcomings that could be exploited.
. . . Many of the targets were undocumented Mexican immigrants who
spoke little English. Hispanic community leaders say they believe that the
scheme would have been discovered sooner if it weren't for the racial and
socioeconomic factors the victims shared.
complained that Mr. Hill did not act quickly enough to identify and stop
prosecution of the sullied cases. At the Police Department, where
officials have refused to talk about the cases, Chief Terrell Bolton and
other supervisors have faced less public scrutiny.
. . . Mr. Sanchez says that while he's seen an improvement with
Dallas police better corroborating their drug cases with video and audio
evidence, he's still concerned that the Police Department is using
questionable informants. Mr. Alonso, the informant at the heart of the
scandal, was an undocumented immigrant who investigators say was using a
false Social Security number. . . .
Staff writer Robert Tharp contributed to this report
||Do you know why we have this awful
mess? It's because a faux-Police Chief surrounds himself with
other inept and inexperienced and unprepared jokers and has put those
same fools over DPD Departments. How can you expect things to flow
smoothly when there is little or no supervision. What little
supervision being done is by people who don't have a clue what they are
doing or for what they should be watching.
So, here we are about facing a new year, with the same mess we had at the start
of 2002. We have a mayor who knows Bolton should go, but a City MisManager
who won't fire him. We have a City MisManager who needs to be fired, but
the Mayor doesn't have the votes to do that either. Don't kid yourself,
the people defending Ted Benevides are just protecting Chief TB.
Speaking of Chief TB, he is responsible for these Assistant and Deputy
Commanders who are now suing the city so they can get 5% raises like the rank
and file officers. There is absolutely no basis for this claim. The
referendum that was passed to insure the rank and file get the same percentage
of raises as their Commanders was not a two-way street. Anyone who is a
Deputy or Assistant Chief today is making a good salary. Particularly,
when you factor in their day-to-day responsibilities are not life-threatening
like the rank and file.
As leaders of their DPD departments, they have to know that getting money to the
rank and file to keep officers in their squad cars is vitally important right
now. If the rank and file (including detectives and special units) are the
dregs of the employment pool, they cannot do their jobs. If the officers
don't do their jobs, the commanders and Chief TB look bad.
One of the reasons many people voted against the 17% pay referendum was the idea
of Chief TB getting a 17% raise, too. The referendum would have probably
failed even if voters knew Bolton and the commanders were not to be included,
but the margin might have been closer.
We have a lot of problems in this city, some of which can't be fixed in a hurry.
We have one problem in this city that could be resolved quickly. Get rid
of Terrell Bolton.
||Let's make a New
Year's Resolution to break ourselves of a bad habit -- ignoring what we
need to do today.