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06-26-10, 11:36 AM #1
Dallas Cop Killer Given Dallas Police Excort
I would have gotten days off for failing to follow this order. Granted the officers did not know who they were escorting. This is definatly should go in the Bravo Sierra files. Click the link for the full story.
Decision to use on-duty officers for funeral procession of David Brown Jr. spurs outrage | CRIME Blog | dallasnews.com
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Decision to use on-duty officers for funeral procession of David Brown Jr. spurs outrage
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A cop-killer who is the son of the Dallas police chief continued to stir deep emotions Friday as he headed to his grave.
An apparent last-minute decision by a deputy police chief to provide assistance during part of David Brown Jr.'s funeral procession angered some police associations. The city manager quickly issued a written statement distancing herself and Chief David Brown from the decision.
"This was not a planned event nor a full honor escort," according to the statement issued late Friday afternoon evening by Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm. "The action will be fully investigated and may lead to disciplinary action."
Officers said the assistance included 10 to 12 motorcycles and at least one squad car.
David Brown Jr., who killed Lancaster police Officer Craig Shaw and an innocent bystander June 20 before being shot by other officers, was buried in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Dallas.
Deputy Chief Julian Bernal, who oversees the traffic unit, said that as the funeral procession was headed to the cemetery, the private motorcycle escort was having trouble keeping up.
He said other motorists were zipping past the slow-moving line of cars and weaving in and out of the procession to try to exit Central Expressway. He also said an accident at Walnut Hill Lane added to the problems.
Bernal, who was in the funeral procession, said he then ordered on-duty assistance to help control traffic.
"It was dangerous, and it was a matter of public safety," Bernal said.
He said officers, mostly on motorcycles, met up with the procession on Central Expressway at Mockingbird Lane and traveled with the procession the rest of the way to the cemetery.
The officers shut down exits as the processions moved along C.F. Hawn Freeway.
He said he did not tell the officers they were responding to help with the funeral procession for Brown.
Bernal's decision set off a firestorm within the Dallas Police Department, with police associations representing rank-and-file officers condemning the decision.
"It was bad judgment," said Glenn White, president of the Dallas Police Association. "It's repulsive. It embarrasses the entire Dallas Police Department."
White said escorts are rarely, if ever, provided for private funerals. He called upon Bernal to resign.
Bernal met with police associations and the widow of a slain Dallas police officer Friday evening to explain his actions, but officers remained angry.
Earlier, Mike Walton, president of the Dallas Fraternal Order of Police, said, "I apologize to the Shaw family for dishonoring their husband's memory and taking the full attention away from them by us escorting that procession.
"Chief Bernal made a serious judgment error by allowing that to happen because we as police officers understand the significance of a fallen officer."
Suhm's statement Friday evening said the decision to ask for assistance for the procession was made without her knowledge or approval "and contrary to [her] specific instructions."
"This action was also conducted without Chief David Brown's knowledge," Suhm stated.
Bernal said he knew his decision would be controversial.
"I want to take full responsibility. I made the decision to do it, and this was absolutely not planned," Bernal said. "I did it out of respect for my chief and for a family who had lost somebody."
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06-26-10, 11:41 AM #2
Unbelievable. The cops have every right to be pissed.The opinions given in my signatures & threads DO NOT reflect the opinions, views, policies, and/or procedures of my employing agency. They are my personal opinions only, thereby releasing my agency of any liability, or involvement in anything posted under the username "Local" on Officerresource.com.
06-26-10, 11:49 AM #3
The new police chief and his senior staff just lost credibility, whether the chief himself knew about it or not - he and his staff are sure not making any friends over this.
I think everyone involved in giving a police escort to a cop-killer, drug user and possibly a domestic violence offender should be given the boot - I would not trust ANY decisions they make in the future.
I love Glen White (president of the Dallas Police Association) - He should have been made Chief years ago, and saved Dallas from Bolton, who was a corrupt buffoon who later got fired from Georgia after getting fired from Dallas, and the last chief, who was loved when he stayed on his meds, but some say made some idiotic policies when he went bipolar (I don't know if they meant that literally or as a joke, but it gets the idea across) And now THIS new guy. Sheesh!!!
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