Mayor Dwaine Caraway's Records and Tapes Are Private? Not By a Long, Smelly Shot.

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Yesterday a commenter wrote in to Unfair Park in reference to an item about Dallas Mayor Dwaine Caraway and the legal action he has brought against his own city to prevent the release of an embarrassing police tape.

The commenter said, "It's hard to imagine the tape shows anything other than that (1) Dwaine and Barbara (Mallory Caraway, his wife) had a domestic dispute and (2) Arthur and Archie (characters initially blamed by the mayor for causing the fracas) are fictitious. Does anyone doubt either of those matters now? How much more damage can release do?"

I agree with the commenter. But I think there's a very important subtext here we need to keep in mind.

On January 2, then-Mayor Pro Tem, now-Mayor Caraway called Dallas police Chief David Brown for help with a domestic dispute with his wife, state Rep. Mallory-Caraway. He didn't call 911. He called the chief.

The chief didn't send the troops, the normal way. He sent what has been called the "elite police Special Investigations Unit." The elite Special Investigations Unit investigated something, we know, because there is an investigative record which the mayor is now trying to suppress. But the police chief brought no charges.

Remember that this chief, rightly or wrongly, took office under an immediate cloud because of a perception he had deployed police officers improperly to direct traffic for his son's funeral cortege. I thought the criticism was unfair at the time. But Chief Brown does have a record of controversy in the matter of bending the rules for special persons.

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Tom Leppert and Dwaine Caraway make a great team, don't they?
Dwaine Caraway is a special person. Very special. He was a council member when all of this happened. He's the mayor now. He has used his status at the council chamber to promote his own version of this story, speaking at the council horseshoe at some length to portray all of it as a forgivable and not very notable private lapse.

If it was so forgivable and so un-noteworthy, why is he suing his own city to keep it under wraps? What about the matter of lying initially -- telling reporters his friends Arthur and Archie were arguing over football? I've never heard him apologize for lying to the public. All we know is that he lied, and we have to wonder how his moral character as a liar effects the rest of this saga.

The appearance here becomes more and more notably contrary of what the mayor, the police chief and the city attorney have tried to make it. None of it smells like what they've made it out to be. The harder they fight to keep it private, the more it smells like a public matter.

The chief may have subverted the law in dealing with the Caraway call. I'm not saying he did. But the way this is being handled raises that possibility. And how can we know, if the records are kept secret? The same can be said for the city attorney, who has expended city resources trying to keep this matter private.

And what to say of Caraway? Think about this. Caraway was the hand-picked lieutenant of former Mayor Tom Leppert, now running for the U.S. Senate. What did Leppert not see in him that he should have? What did Leppert ignore?

Caraway is running unopposed for re-election as a council member. He is endorsing and campaigning for Ron Natinsky for mayor. How badly does Natinsky want to keep the lid on all of this?

I'm not saying that I know there is a perfect legal right to make the tapes public. I'm saying all of this is political as hell and public as hell. That tape is at least 100 miles away from any place Dwaine Caraway can call private.

The tape is a public issue, because Caraway has made it a public issue. The police chief is part of the issue. The city attorney, Tom Leppert, Ron Natinsky: They're all in this picture.

There just is not a moral or political justification for keeping the record private here, and I doubt like hell there's a legal one. This isn't England, and I'm quite sure even Dwaine Caraway would insist that he is not the queen.


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Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Jim,could you refresh my memory,what is Chief Browns record of bending rules for special people? I am not aware of this record,and he did not call for traffic officers for his son's funeral.The CID investigators, sent to Councilman Caraway's house is the normal process forhigh profile people.CID did their job,you Media people can't have it both ways,there would be no tape or report if Chief Brown was guility of doing what you are trying to lay at his feet.You would have nothing to request under Open records ,if Caraway had gotten special treatment. Specia Treatment means there's nothing,NADA for people like you ,and other to see,hear or read,

Doug
Doug

My conclusion is that whatever happened, due to an incredibly poor decision to call the cops, if (when) it becomes public it will be so embarrassing to both of them they are worried that it will cost them both their political careers. Something that's so offensive their constituencies would turn against them...perhaps to the point of demanding they resign their positions. And then what? Humiliated and job-less? They'd both actually have to go out and get real jobs?

Joshua
Joshua

Maybe his wife was chasing him with a 2 iron and beating windows out of his BMW, about his affair with Archie and Arthur, code names for Shemeka and Lesandra, who were gifts to Caraway from Michael Vick in appreciation return for the fake Key to Dallas he was presented at a Hip Hop disco...clearly where " Shemeka Arthur" and "Lesandra Archie" do pole and lap dancing for the patrons.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

You know what gets me,is how the Media and you to Jim is making this more than it is.First Dwain said to media when hit the very next morning,It was argument between Arthur and Archie,tell me what about that is a lie.Arthur and Archie did argue over game that very same day at his house,he did not give false statement to police.He than said following Wednesday,police were called because of problem with wife and me, may we have some privacy.Police issued official statement,please explain to me what Chief Brown did wrong? He called special investigation team,like they do on all elected and appointed officials.Dwain called Chief Brown,Chief Brown did not call Dwain,there was a tape made,so where is wrong doing by police?You are trying to make this some big cover up when its not,what did police do to cover up,its all public.Media didn't think any thing when Laura Miller fought giving up her Blackberry information under open records.She was not ask to step down.

Metroplexual
Metroplexual

The reporting and comments on Unfair Park regarding the Carraway Affairare more sorry and telling than any of Mayor Carraway's actions.

So the guy is a little puffed up and self important at times. Big deal a lot of local politicians are. Poking a little fun and some satirizing ofthese people is a common sort of amusement. I enjoy a good chuckle at a politician'sexpense.

It's true Mr. Carraway has been somewhat low hanging fruit, but this stuff is way beyond sporting. To me it shows great contempt for a decent city official who makes every effortto serve his constiuents and his city. So many believe that this report will be embarassing and so many just can't wait to dance to the music of his misfortune

I know all the arguments and excuses for these attacks and can't defend him here for whatmay or may not have happened that Sunday. But people..have you no decency? WTF is the matter with us?

This guy has a job to do that needs his full attention and plenty of support. Why handicap him, humiliate him, electroincally lynch him? Why force him off track?

He made some errors the consequences of which are hardly notable. Big deal. I'm sure he's learned a lot about so many things the past few months. Let those lessons take hold.It would be so much better to help him and help our city. What is it that these efforts to further humilate him and marginalize him accomplish? Run another blackguy off? He's not as savvy as you are so let's stomp him good?

I think and I hope that given some breathing room Mr. Carraway could serveout these few months and do an admirable job. Why take this away from him and our city?

JimS
JimS

This is all fun and games because it's just Dwaine, but think about it. What you really do not want to do in Dallas is ever get yourself on the dirty end of this stick. Let's say the city is really pissed off at you. If they bend the rules this much to help somebody they like, think what they do to somebody they dislike. Ask Gold Metals.

Suburbanite
Suburbanite

Maybe the domestic dispute warranted calling in the big guns. Maybe the frau that he is married to just cant be subdued by the local cop-on-the-beat. It may take the likes of the Dallas E-P-S-I-U to get the fair Mrs Caraway to put down the frying pan and talk to hizzoner with a little respect. I was not there and therefore will reserve judgment.

Rooster
Rooster

I can't believe this clown is actually our mayor....

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

I'm not conversant with DPD's general order on family violence calls, but most agencies, including Richardson PD, the agency where I spent more than 26 years, MANDATE a full-custodial arrest of the aggressor if probable cause exists that an assault occurred. This includes "assault by offensive contact" which is a Class C misdemeanor or fine-only offense. This was a result of decades of police under-reacting to family violence and the Legislature enacting new statutes to expand the definition of family to include those previously married or living in the same domicile or in a dating relationship. One has to wonder if the "elite" officers were sent to avoid the chance that regular patrol officers might follow procedure.

Enrique De La Fuente
Enrique De La Fuente

"Caraway does not care about black people." - Kayne West, recent City of Dallas Key recipient

Joanne R
Joanne R

Has anyone considered that what is being surpressed may be embarrassing for Mrs. Caraway? That is State Rep. Barbara Caraway who is the one insisting that Dwaine do everything possible to ensure this info does not come out. Maybe, just maybe, she was the aggressive party in the arthur/archie event. Remember how she was mysteriously not present by the time the police arrived. Did Chief Brown suggest to Dwaine that he coax her into leaving prior to police arrival. Funny how at 9p on Sunday night she had left the residence shortly before police arrived.

Joanne R
Joanne R

Not to mention the waste of taxpayer dollars being used by City attorneys and staff to file responses to Caraway's restraining order. That means their busy office must drop everything, put in man hours working on this project, all on the taxpayer's dime.

Halldecker
Halldecker

I thought MPT and DMPT were determined by seniority, rotated among those who came on the Council at the same time.

Q I've been pondering late at night, Spouse has an equal but undivided right to the tapes, hasn't objected to their being made public. Interesting that she hasn't joined Dwaine in trying to keep them secret, you'd think she has the same concerns. He is saying 'Don't release them, they could harm ME', she isn't.

Betcha $10, what we're dealing with is a man who doesn't want the whole world to know he's pussy-whipped, "I had to call the Chief of Police at home on his private cell phone to tell him to send the SWAT Team over to make that woman stop whupping up on me." I damn sure wouldn't want anybody to find out about that either.

And, if you're gonna quote Amos 'n Andy over all the paper being slung in this, quote the greatest character of all, Algonquin J. Calhoun, "I don't be no bona-fried attorney ..."

Who sees the letter from the IRS, throws it down, "This be's the NASTIEST piece of paper I done ever see'd!" Great description, huh.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Why not ask His wife what was going on ? He called the cops on her. Ask her why he would have to do that ?

I am sure The Elite Squad were waiting at head quarters For an Elite call on a Sunday afternoon during a Cowboy game ...Not .Even if they were at headquarters it would take more than a few minutes to get to the house .

If my beloved wife had taken to whipping my A$$ I would have gotten out of her way while Dialing 911. Not calling someone else .If just to be able to prove there was time line and a problem if and only if I had to defend my self.

Maybe this is more about covering up where the wife was and what she was doing . Questions abound ....It is time to start bugging the Wife !

Can you get a Time line ?

One last thing just think what kind of STINK would be raised If this had been the guy punching the woman and no one went to jail and the report was being "Kept secret."

Syd_Nancy
Syd_Nancy

Is it too late for anyone to run against Cara-sheen? James Ragland has called for his resignation, perhaps Cuban could entice him to leave for a reality or surreal-ity show.I can see it now, Aurther Archie and Dwaine in the new HD Net show called Two and a half Lies.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

If this were you or me or any other citizen, the tape would have been released immediately, whether it harmed me or the city or whomever else. the more they try to cover this up, the worse all of them look.

Prettysure
Prettysure

Usually in a situation like this the judge will take all the info, listen to it, and decide that certain parts are private (social security numbers etc...) and certain are public. I don't think you get to just keep it all under wraps.

Doug
Doug

Jim, while all your other points are good, I focus on the fact that it appears he clearly, bald-facedly(sp?) LIED. When someone lies about something that is SO easy to prove, I find myself wondering what else they'll lie about. Why in the world would anyone ever believe anything he says again? And then there's the issue of judgement. Why in the world would someone call the CHIEF personnally over a fuss with his wife? It's not like he's a small guy...unless you're in fear of your life why does a guy call the cops? And if it's that scary, why not 911? Is he so stupid and arrogant he thought by calling the CHIEF his tiff (if that's what it really was) with his wife could be kept out of the public eye?

Daniel
Daniel

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose and all that kind of shit. It's not the Mayor of Dallas having his bare bottom spanked by his wife with a humorous variety of household implements and grunting the agreed-upon safe word desperately but to no avail until he finally resorts to yelping breathlessly for the Chief of Police to rescue him, it's the cover-up.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

The taxpayers should have a right to any information on this subject simply because if a police unit was deployed that it cost the city money. It's that simple.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Same old song. It's not the incident. It's the cover-up.

MattL1
MattL1

Sex tape = privatePolice tape = public

This much I remember from grade school. Unless Arthur and Archie were discussing the nuclear launch codes, I don't see that the mayor has much of an argument. The cover up almost always looks worse than the initial crime.

JimS
JimS

You're a third of the way there.

JimS
JimS

BETTY: ARE YOU SAYING THAT ARTHUR AND ARCHIE ARE REAL PEOPLE???? WOULD THEY COME FORWARD? THEY COULD CLEAR UP A LOT OF THINGS. NO FAIR HAVING SOMEBODY TALK TO US FROM BEHIND A CURTAIN WHO SOUNDS A WHOLE LOT LIKE DWAINE MAKING UP DIFFERENT VOICES.

JimS
JimS

Metro: Dwaine helped persuade Southern Dallas to vote for the toll road,promising there would be jobs (there are none), there would be no eminent domain (there is plenty) and S.M. Wright would get done (it won't). He did the same deal on the hotel. Guys who lie to you lie to you. When do you get tired of being sold?

Jay D
Jay D

Mayor Caraway brought this entire mess on himself. He called the Chief's celebrity hot-line and requested special treatment, then he made up a childishly ridiculous cover story, and delivered it to the media. When his cover story fell apart, he then demanded privacy?

If Caraway's only public statement on this matter had been a request for privacy, I would agree it should be left alone. That's not the case.

Clancey
Clancey

What's surprising is, it hasn't yet leaked. From all the defendants, from folks at the cop shop, an ever-increasing number know what's in there, either whole or in part. DMN may be trying to save it for a weekend exclusive, Observer ... naaahh ... it wouldn't save it.

Pick a figure, how many would have to know .. just from Dallas Attorneys, a half dozen lawyers, at least that many paralegals, those who copied it, has to be 10-15 who know everything in it. Many more at the cop shop, ever how many at the AG's in Austin.

Guest
Guest

If such a mandate exists in Dallas, I'm sure it doesn't apply to public officials or other police officers.

Daniel
Daniel

Sources close to the couple reveal that Barabara Caraway fears she would be ruined if the public knew she was married to a man with unspeakable proclivities.

"Barbara is a very proud woman," the source told Unfair Park. "She feels she would be grist for the gossip-mill if the police report were released with tawdry details such as Complainant had women's frilly underthings gathered about his ankles and appeared to be bound, grunting through his teeth to the responding officers, "Just make the pain OOOWWW! make it stop." Suspect had vacated premises. Complainant was winded, hoarse and tumescent. He wept copiously, blubbering incoherently about bacon and eggs. Responding officers were threatened with their livelihoods for chortling.

"Barbara worked hard to get where she is today," the source went on. "It would kill her to lose everything for having married a hoarse and tumescent buffoon with a women's frilly underthings gathered about his ankles. Barbara is scared. She has told me many times that Dwaine terrifies her with his requests for unfathomable gratification."

Unfair Park does not reveal the names of its sources.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Not to worry-it is only tax payer money-and there is more where that came from too. What a crock! Dwain should pull up his pants and admit what was going on.. but nooooo he does not have a responsible bone in his body.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

Well, your point ought to be valid, but my experience with the City Attorney's office leads me to wonder if were not better off having them distracted.

Kevin
Kevin

Actually, under Section 11 of the Dallas City Charter, the mayor pro tem[pore] and deputy mayor pro tem[pore] are elected by their peers on the city council for those positions. It is not based on seniority (as it is in other large cities around the nation).

JimS
JimS

Doug: that's probably the really embarrassing part. Buried in the tiff is something that Dwaine believes will ruin him. And here, as Daniel has so deflty illuminated, it's very hard for any of us to keep a dog-leash on our imaginations.

Beverlyprayer
Beverlyprayer

i don,t known what he did but he need to pray that God help him though all of this God will help if he want it GOD work all thing out.

Kevin
Kevin

Unfortunately for you, then, the U.S. Privacy Act says that you're wrong. If it contains information that will cause embarrassment to anyone (public official or private citizen), it's off-limits. Looking at it another way, perhaps it would be OK if we asked the police for any reports pertaining to you (an average citizen, I assume)? While you may or may not have something to hide, isn't it great that we live in a country that allows you to maintain privacy on events that occurred in your own home, even if it involves the police?

scottindallas
scottindallas

I don't remember than in my grade school curricula.

Who Ray
Who Ray

Agree completely.........he should ask Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, etc. The best policy is to come forward quickly and tell the truth. The "cover up" is what takes them all down.

Joshua
Joshua

Yeah...the comment about Michael Vick took the whole tirade to the dogs.

JimS
JimS

And don't tell me that we in the media forced Dwaine to get in a row with Barbara, forced him to try to use his city council status to get over on her, forced him to call the chief, forced him to lie to reporters or forced him to try to use his council status again to cover it up by speaking from the horsehoe, or forced him to use his own city.

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

There is certainly unethical conduct carried out at police agencies. However, there was a current Richardson city council member several years ago who found himself handcuffed and taken to jail from Huffhines Park for assault. The fact that the officers were Richardson police officers didn't prevent them from doing what was ethical.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

I knew it. Arthur and Archie ARE real. Mrs. C walked in on D&A&A havin' a 3-way hoe-down on the low-down.

And that's when the fight started.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Kevin, I don't think you understood my point. The police came, a report was done. If the police come to my residence, a report will be done. Would that be embarrassing to me if my wife and I fought? Hell yeah it would. But taxpayer money was spent to get those police there, the dispatcher to take that call, the police spokesperson to reply to media requests, the city or police department lawyer having to go to court for it, etc. If you would like to ask the police for reports about me, go ahead. I guess I just don't really see your point. If you're saying no laws were broken therefore it is a private matter? If an ambulance comes to pick you up because you had a heart attack, you pay for the ambulance ride. I'm sure if the good citizens of Dallas were given a running bill of what this whole situation has cost, they would be asking who's going to pay for it. This shouldn't shock us about Caraway and not thinking about repercussions of his actions. This is the same man that gave Michael Vick a key to the city. If he is worried about his privacy, he's doing a piss-poor job of not drawing attention to himself.

JimS
JimS

sue his own city, not use his own city.

Guest
Guest

Despite their geographic location, Dallas is very often a long way away from Richardson.

Daniel
Daniel

There's some debate on that issue. In Dwaine Caraway's own account of the incident, in his forthcoming memoir, Winded, Hoarse and Tumescent: My Story, he argues, predictably, that he is heterosexual as evidenced by his high-riding pants and that Arthur and Archie are indeed pet names for his the hemispheres of his much-abused scrotal sac.

Schutze himself, however, in his exhaustive, currently-being-shopped-to-publishers book about the event, The Smelly Long Shot, indicates that it was, indeed, a three-way; Archie had dressed up as a cowboy and Arthur hates cowboys, leading to a tense dynamic which became acrimonious and raucous, waking Mrs. Caraway from her slumbers and leading her to the quote scene of the crime unquote.

The common element in all the accounts is that Caraway has a rare sexual dysfunction wherein he can only climax in the presence of a sworn peace officer. From the police report: When we entered residence, complainant's face flooded with relief. Complainant spooged with an awful whooping sound.

MortgageGuy
MortgageGuy

Archie and Arthur are what he calls his balls. Hence his repeated us of the phrase, "Me and the boys in the bag".

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