Natinsky Gets Dallas Police Association Nod

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Peter Calvin
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It's probably not the most surprising press release of the week: "Dallas Police Association PAC Unanimously Votes to Support Ron Natinsky For Dallas Mayor." After all, as we noted way back in September 2004 -- two months into David Kunkle's tenure as Dallas Police Department chief -- Kunkle and Glenn White, the longtime head of the DPA, were already butting heads over, among other things, Kunkle's doing away with the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint, demoting Terrell Bolton's promotions and his outspoken desire to discipline bad cops.

White wasn't happy with how Kunkle came down on those officers who ticketed drivers who didn't speak English. And, over time, the two would clash again and again on countless other subjects, including, as Trey Garrison summed it up in D one year ago, "rules restricting deadly force, high-speed chases, TASERs, the chokehold -- White could go on and on." Said White, "Kunkle's senior commanders do too much politicking." White wants cops to be cops without any interference from above.

And so today comes the DPA endorsement, following a meeting last night with Natinsky; an association rep would not say whether it met with Kunkle, for whom a message has been left, or Mike Rawlings, so far the only two others running for mayor.

White is out of town, but says in the release, "During his years at City Hall, Ron Natinsky has proven through his actions a strong commitment to public safety and to making Dallas the safest city in America. ... Because of his extensive business experience, Ron also has the fiscal knowledge required to guide Dallas through tough economic times. He will use his expertise in economic development to grow our tax base so Dallas can provide the necessary city services, including public safety."

Update at 5:17 p.m. by Sam Merten: Kunkle just returned our call and told us the following about the DPA's endorsement:

"When I became chief, the department was a mess, and my goals and what the community wanted done was to reduce crime, enhance public trust in the police and avoid the types of controversies that had plagued the department over the years. And, to a large degree, those things were accomplished. As chief, I always tried to improve the environment for officers. They got pay increases, equipment and public support and confidence. And all the stuff I did, truthfully, wasn't to win a popularity contest with the police union."

Kunkle says he was not interviewed by the DPA for its endorsement, and Mari Woodlief, Mike Rawlings's consultant, says he wasn't interviewed either.
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Johnny Mack
Johnny Mack

How can you endorse someone when the filing date wasn't until Feb 14? Doesn't sound very thorough to me.

mightcan
mightcan

This alone is enough for me to vote for Kunkle. Knowing that he rankled Mr. White is MORE than enough to know the Chief Kunkle was on the right side.

Ray Who
Ray Who

.......makes one wonder how the "rank and file" members of DPA feel about Natinsky vs. Kunkle???

Fred
Fred

When is the last time a canidate won who was endorsed by Glen white and the DPA?

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

My heart is heavy,this is the first time in history , two Men , I have the utmost respect forand both are good men in their own right are Candidates for Mayor. David Kunkle is a peopleguy,hes has the knowledge of how a City is run,he knows what it takes for Public Safety,also that a City must offer basic service and High dollar attractions.Mike Rawlings another People person,took being Homeless czar, as serious, as CEO Pizza Hut,genuine good guy who believes there is a way to accomplish a goal.Very organized and brings a good business perspective to a City government that needs some fresh ideas. Presently the City has a cut service mentality and that's not good.New people will bring,how to,increase revenue not with water bills but other ways to generate revenue.

hello? is this thing on?
hello? is this thing on?

On a completely different subject - why hasn't Unfair Park posted anything about the John Wiley Price outburst?

Bob
Bob

Patience, my son.

Nunya
Nunya

"cops to be cops without any interference" -- Recipe for disaster.

Derelict
Derelict

kunkle is einhorn . einhorn is kunkle. einhorn is a man

scottindallas
scottindallas

It seems like Kunkle is a serious and earnest fellow. By avoiding controversial policies he saved the department likely millions in law suits. That is a lesson the mayor of Farmer's Branch should learn. Kunkle has no taint from the Trinity Tollway agenda and can bring a clear, sane, independent voice. I can't imagine anyone being able to challenge him.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Doesn't Natinsky know that an endorsement from Glenn White is NOT a good thing?

Every time Chief Kunkle tried to fire really really bad cops, Glenn White opposed it.

Perhaps Natinsky can see if Arthur & Archie or Vick will endorse him, too.

Mike3647
Mike3647

Great reason to vote for Kunkle.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Endorse all you want MR White. Care to answer how many DPD officers are able to Vote In the City of Dallas ?

RC
RC

Bravo!

John_McKee
John_McKee

"White wasn't happy with how Kunkle came down on those officers who ticketed drivers who didn't speak English."

"Kunkle and Glenn White, the longtime head of the DPA, were already butting heads over, among other things, Kunkle's doing away with the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint, demoting Terrell Bolton's promotions and his outspoken desire to discipline bad cops."

"rules restricting deadly force, high-speed chases, TASERs, the chokehold"

The people that support this crap supporting Ron Natinsky seems like a bad sign for the citizens of Dallas if he was elected mayor. Ick.

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