The Boys in Blue Blues
Seems many Dallas police officers haven't taken kindly to the Friday firing of Ramon Gonzalez, the patrol sergeant who sent Greenville Avenue killjoy Avi Adelman an e-mail two weeks ago in which he called Adelman a "self serving piece of shit." On UndergroundCop.com, where local cops and others backing the blue go to voice their concerns about and complaints with the city and department, anonymous posters to the private, password-protected forum are taking potshots at Adelman for calling the cops in May to complain about noise coming from Coach Joe's Suede. Writes one officer: "My understanding is that everyone hates Adelman, especially the people who own businesses on lower Greenville. He has permanently altered a Sgts career so I don't know why it would surprise anyone that most police dislike him." Another, channeling Beavis (or is it Butt-head?), calls Adelman "a dillhole."
And several dump on the media for not branding Adelman an extortionist, resurrecting 2-year-old charges that Adelman demanded Service Bar owner Louis Beheler pay him $6,500 to run the bar's Web site, or else he'd target Service Bar by complaining to the city's code enforcement folks. Adelman even wound up before a grand jury facing felony theft charges, but in May 2004 the grand jury declined to indict. Adelman, then the president of the Belmont Neighborhood Association, wasn't even arrested. But four months later, The Dallas Morning News reported that "the Extended Neighborhood Patrol, which was designed to keep a lid on crimes committed by and against restaurant and bar revelers, lost steam in April after some business owners accused neighborhood activist Avi Adelman of trying to strong-arm donations." Police officers have notoriously long memories, as these posts show:
"Its funny how none of the press will talk about Adelman extorting the clubs and bars, compaining on them unless they hire him as a 'consultant' and how he is the first to cry about the crowds and groups of people. The guy is a jerk. Its going to be very bad for the Department if they fire Sgt. Gonzales, officers have been caught (not come forward and tried to be a man about it) for much worse and are still on the street."
"Heard something about Adelman going around with a noise meter and calling 911 whenever a club goes a decibel over the limit. Funny how the story of Adelman extorting money from the other club owners has been quashed."
Adelman says he's a little worried by the postings: "They're uninformed, and they're scary," he tells Unfair Park. "And they think these guys will get their jobs back. They will go through the appeals process and get their jobs back...so what's the point? Why did I go through this? Why did I go through this abuse? These guys think they're better than us, and the sad thing is they get away with it. And I can't afford a lawsuit against anybody, so what's the point?"
Incidentally, the police department does not have a policy forbidding officers from posting to UndergroundCops.com; a DPD spokesperson says it's long been considered "a sounding board for police officers and people in the field." Sounds like Gonzalez could have saved him a buncha trouble by posting his missive there, rather than sending it to Adelman on a city computer. Hey, ya live, ya learn. --Robert Wilonsky