Come On, DPD Chief Brown, Don't Let a Few Curse Words Get in the Way of a Good Story

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Oh, come on, Chief Brown. Please. You've been great so far. Don't go all Bolton on us.

Earlier this week the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas threw in with former Dallas city council member Diane Ragsdale and some other black community leaders to do a serious race-card attack on veteran Dallas Morning News police reporter Tanya Eiserer.

They held a press conference to say Eiserer was a racist because she muttered the words "cocksucker" and "asshole" one day at police headquarters. Not at Police Chief David Brown. He wasn't there. But the people at the press conference said she wouldn't have said those words at police headquarters if a white man had been the chief of police.

Everybody I know in the business who has ever worked the police beat is laughing out loud at that crap. I talked to a guy who used to be in the police department under a white chief. He said reporters did lots worse than just curse at him. He recalled an old police reporter coming to his desk to chew him out: the reporter picked up his ashtray and dumped it all over his desk.

So now the guy's an asshole. He's a cocksucker. And he's got cigarette butts all over his desk. That's the cop-shop, man. At least it used to be.

As Anna reported earlier this week, Eiserer has been working a story about senior police officers who are unhappy with Brown over a policy putting them back on street patrol every once in a while. I assume Eiserer has even better stuff coming, and the chief is trying to do a pre-emptive strike to knock her back from the story.

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Chief Brown.
Brown kicked all this off himself by complaining about Eiserer on black radio. It's possible, I suppose, that the BPA and friends heard him on the radio and rallied to his defense on their own. I have calls in to both Chief Brown and Preston Gilstrap, who's apparently resigned as BPA president amidst all this; I haven't heard back yet. But it's hard to believe the BPA would have proceeded with the race-card press conference without Brown's approval, and the chief had to know about it. We got the press release midmorning Tuesday and promptly forwarded it to the department for comment. The chief had a 24-hour window to shut it down, and the group played their race card as planned.

I called Eiserer, who wouldn't talk to me on or off the record, except that when I did say, "You must have something pretty good," she did say, "I hope so."

That's the way this game is played. Brown sees Eiserer coming after him with a good story (meaning a bad story for Brown), and he tries to dirty her up a little in advance, hoping she won't be able to get the story into the paper.

That's all right as far as it goes. Maybe it's not right by Sunday School standards, but it's pretty much standard operating procedure in the real world. Brown is defending his regime from attack by a reporter. He's doing what he thinks he has to do. I get all that. Like I say, maybe not by Sunday School rules, but by street rules? No problem.

But not the race card thing. That just looks stupid.

So far The News has been a tad pusillanimous about the whole affair. They made her apologize. They say they've "disciplined" her. And I am told that her editors actually trooped over to Brown's office so he could scold them. That's weak. In the old days even a pissed-off mayor had to come to the newspaper office to make his case. City officials didn't summon. I just hope she gets her story out.

But here's what really bothers me. This kind of bogus paranoid race-carding is exactly how it started with Terrell Bolton, the city's first black police chief, fired in 2003 after four years on the job. He said everybody was picking on him because he was black, when he was actually just a terrible, terrible chief.

Brown, on the other hand, has been a good chief since he was hired in April 2010. He has navigated some very tough personal and political turmoil, and he has done it with great aplomb, head held high.

His big mistake now is that he's circling his wagons with the wrong people. This specious attack on the News has everything to do with the problems of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, currently under federal investigation for corruption.
Price is big on accusing the media of racism for reporting on his woes. Before Brown circles up with him, he might want to reflect on the fact that Price's supporters have been holding anti-police prayer meetings. Which way does Brown pray on that one?

This is the wrong way to go, Chief. If you want to go toe-to-toe with Eiserer, do it, and good luck to you. I don't hold any particular brief for The Dallas Morning News. And believe me: Tanya Eiserer can handle herself herself in a street fight.

But don't do the whining-press-conference-race-card shit. It's just so ... sad. Pretty soon you'll be like him: sobbing on TV, living in a trailer and plotting your comeback.

You're better than that, man. Or at least everybody hopes you are.



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Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Found out today that Tanya and I have a mutual friend, who happens to be in her book club. Turns out, Tanya is the only WHITE person in it, and the rest are black. Kind of lets the air out of the "She does not like minorities," argument, eh? When you CHOOSE to spend time and have friendships across color lines, the accusations of racism, brought by people who do not know the person, ring hollow.

Paul
Paul

I'm confused, really confused ...

Somebody of one color used a filthy word in the presence of someone else of a different color.  The filthy word did not relate to race but related to to oral genital contact or a vulgar (meaning common usage, not a potty mouth word) word describing a human body orifice that is usually not mentioned in public or polite company.

Both words are considered perjorative.  The word or words used were not directed at the second person, but are allegedly were heard by the second person.

The sex of the person to whom the word describing the oral genital contact is apparently very significant.  If the object of the use of the word is male, then this could be taken that the male person practices some types of homosexual (I prefer to use the clinical term here.) sexual conduct.  Apparently this is very offensive to heterosexual males.  Which results in a confusing situation as this apparently is making a negative comment or reaction about the homosexual (Again, I prefer the clinical term, but you may substitute "gay" if you prefer) lifestyle, conduct or practices.  I have no idea what the "gay community" thinks of the use of this term.  If the object of the use of the word is female, then it my understanding that this person is then considered to be of loose morals.  Why, I don't know, as it is my understanding that somewhere around 100% percent of the heterosexual male population likes this concept when it is practiced by an attactive female.  So why this would be a perjoritive when directed towards females is beyond me, as I think that the heterosexual males would want to be encouraging the heterosexual females to perform this act on a regular basis and not inhibit its practice by attaching a social stigmata to its practice.

The other word is considered offensive and is a character description regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation.  Apparently equating a person's character to an body orifice which is used for elimination of undigested food is considered to be an apt description when the person to whom the adjective is used does not follow through on a prior agreement, acts in a disagreeable manner, or acts in a generally difficult way to spite the person who ultimately uses this adjective out of frustration or as an apt description of the person with whom they are dealing.

So, I have one question, why are we bothering with this?

It sounds to me that both parties have a problem and need to grow up.  If both of these people are so thin skinned that they cannot handle this situation, then they both need to find new jobs.

If the Chief promised Eiserer an exclusive interview and then renegged, he should be aware of the consequences of doing this to a reporter.

To Eiserer, I have one question, Did you hear what you heard; or, Did you hear what you wanted to hear?  And one more thing, don't be a potty mouth.

Catbird
Catbird

It sounds like the count down has begun to Chief Brown taking "early retirement" so that he can "spend more time with his family".

The only question: Is it drugs, sex, money or cock fighting?

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

I was just wondering this afternoon, where was all the indignation in the black community when JWP and his cohorts marched in front of Mayor Laura Miller's house, and in front of her children, carrying signs saying among other curse words, "bitch?"  Where was the BPA's statement that such disrespect for a public official was simply not acceptable?  I also recalled that JWP didn't lose his job.

Terrysmith0824
Terrysmith0824

White people can say anything and get away with it. When can Black people ever get some respect and to bring Bolton into it.

Rumpunch
Rumpunch

So one of the story lines is that Mr. White (Glenn White) is giving Chief Brown a hard time? The color imagery is like a bad Eddie Griffin movie.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Lightening Bolt from the Blue just hit me. Joyce Forman and others seem to be objecting to the word, "cocksucker," more than the word asshole. (Man, I have never read, much less written, that word so many times as I have in the last 2 days...) 

Help me out,folks...is there a touch of *hidden* black homophobia in this story?

Adribiotech
Adribiotech

There is not a white police officers' association.  There is the Dallas Police Association, which is the largest of the associations and the oldest.  The majority of its members are white; however, there are some black, asian, and hispanic members.  It offers the best benefits for officers. Its president is white.  There is the Fraternal Order of Police, which is an alternate association.  It is not an official union, because Texas is a non-union state.  Its president is black, but it is not hostile to anyone. There are members of all ethnicities in it, as in the DPA.  Then then are the Black Police Officers' Associatio and the Latino Police Officers' Association.  They are both extremely racist in nature, and don't allow anyone who is not black in the BPOA and anyone who is not hospanic in the LPOA.   

Travis Rex
Travis Rex

"Ms. Eiserer's antics are symptomatic of a pernicious spirit troubling the soul of America,"

This was taken from the other article, but it seems to be evidence of a much older problem that has plagued all kinds of Dallas institutions.  I refer to it as "Deaconism". It is a false sense of propriety that's used to control others.  As well, if he can't take a bit of strong language, he has no business being chief of police. This makes him look stupid, petty, and a bit of a pussy.

Doug in DFW
Doug in DFW

Predicting Eiserer finally got Arthur & Archie to go on the record about DPD's super-duper secret Dallas County celebrity cleanup task force.

1metroplexual
1metroplexual

Let's see here...

The reporter was not speaking to or in the presence of the chief.The reporter was reacting to the disappointment of not getting what shewas expecting.The reporter did not include these (epithet redacted) and her anger in any report forpuplication.

From what I have read on here she simply had a tantrum and let fly some colorful language out in the hall or at least off the record anyway.

Big deal. The DMN owes nothing to anyone for this. Perhaps her boss shouldwarn her such behavior is childish and unprofessional unless it's at a bar oreditorial meeting.

Because the chief is African American the race sensitive crowd are outragedby her lack of respect to a black police chief. Willis Johnson was among thoseexpressing this sentiment on his morning radio show for a few days. From his comments I had thought that the reporter had addressed her bitterness directly to chief on the air or to the public.So something had to come of all of this to stir up more controversy than was warrranted. This is the job of groups like the BPA and they complied.

For me this is like crying wolf too often and helps to desensitize my whiteguilt and empathy for when real racist hate or unfairness occurs.

JimS
JimS

OK, OK, OK, OK. Joyce Foreman, whos comments are below, is somebody I take seriously. Very seriously. And, look, Brown's record so far is 99 percent stellar. This is a blip ... maybe. But I'm telling you, my nose tells me there's a Brown story coming from Eiserer. She wouldn't tell me jack shit (sorry, Jack E.). But that's just how these things go. The bototm line is that the action agaist Eiserer is copletely trumped up bullshit. A reporter should be fired for using curse words at the police station? Give me a gosh-darn heck-shoot jimminy christmas son of a bitch of a fucking break. What's the real deal? You tell me. Why did this press conference even happen, if it's not Brown trying to head off a bad story.  

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

There is a Black Police Officer's Association (and a Black Accountants Association), but I can't find any evidence of a White Police Officer's Association (several Google and Bing searches and web site hunts).  Do you have proof that such an organization exists?

Pretty sure that as soon as one of those got created a Black or Latino would try to join it and start a discrimination lawsuit....

And do you use the same handle on a local wetsite that starts with "DOR"?

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Why don't you ask white people that question!!!

Trp214
Trp214

Bottom line, press writers stick up for press writers no matter what the story is. And that what Jim did here.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

He must have been involved or at least known about it? What's the evidebce of that? The BPA made a lot of stupid public statements during Kunkle's tenure. Did he know and tacitly approve prior?

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Schutzie, I'm trying to figure out your first two lines.  Are you saying that in your opinion she didn't say those words at Chief Brown.  If so, you are at your usual blind reporting again.  Just like a few weeks ago when you tried to tell everyone not to jump to conclusions on the Medrano's case. Guess those facebook messages that the DMN reported yesterday don't help out your position...

Jeneheffer
Jeneheffer

Assholes and C---------s come in all colors, races, sexes, and economic groups (we know because we have all have had dealings with them or we are one). Pulling out the race card is nothing more than trying to be untouchable to cover something more disturbing or dishonest. Come on Tanya Eiserer,  blow this story out of the water  and maybe think about working for a different employer who has some balls.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Hey .....Can we please not knock "cocksuckers"? 

just sayin'
just sayin'

The only thing that trumps Jim's white guilt is when someone of color goes after a fellow news writer. At least we know he does have his limits.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Okay Jim I have agreed with you on many issues but your assertion that Chief Brown is palying the race card is far fetched.  You are playing the race card by only comparing him  to Bolton.  The only simularity is that they are both African American. As you stated "Brown, on the other hand, has been a good chief since he was hired in April 2010. He has navigated some very tough personal and political turmoil, and he has done it with great aplomb, head held high."

For me, this is not about race, but about a reporter who will write a story that can not help but be bias.  I can not speak for the BPA, they had their reason for doing what they did, but I would not just blindly say that Chief Brown had to agree before they did it.  I  have an issue with the language used by the reporter. We all have probably called people assholes but cocksuckers no.  That is profane and uncalled for.

If the reporter has such a good story about  why  the officers who are sitting  on their butts in an office do not want to go back on the streets, then let the story speak for itself.  Don't engage in low class language.

I respect the work of the last two police chief's very much (Kunkle and Brown).

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Brown is just like Bolton: Crazy as a loon and distrusts the media.. Its why the DPA, the command staff and rank/file dont like the guy, not only for pulling officers for his cop killer kids funeral from an actual hero who died in the line of duty, but for the fact this guy doesn't communicate w/ his officers like Kunkle did. Its why groups like the BPA are circling the wagons because they know a storm is coming in the Dallas "community" and they want to solider up become the crap hits the fan...

Pat Bateman
Pat Bateman

So wait, lemme get this straight... per affirmative action and white libtard guilt we've given DISD, Dallas County, and NOW DPD management over to minorities? This is 100% (the first two) from your articles, Jim.

And you are calling him out?

I have heard Chief Brown in person on several occasions as an average citizen and I like his public policies for the most part and. He's getting some bad advice. If anything, Oak Lawn should be protesting.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Diane, since you could not get playing the race card to work, now you are trying homphobia. Stretching, reaching and totally stupid. 

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

I have no idea why the press conference happened.  I was inivited but did not attend.  I have expressed my thoughts about the situation and stand by them.  It is so unfortunate that in this city that if an African American speaks out for another African American they must be doing it because of race. I certainly have my scars for standing up for what I believe is right no matter the race of the individual. I make no apologies to anyone for supporting Chief Brown, just as I made no apologies for supporting Chief Kiunkle.  I'm just jaded and tired of that crap.

If she has a story, then release it and we can all go back to whatever!!!!You are still in my opinion the best, this is just a blip.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

His assistants trying to head off a bad story maybe? Why is that any less likely? Since when does the chief team up with the union?

Adribiotech
Adribiotech

Dave, The Dallas Police Association (which is the largest of the four associations--not unions, because Texas doesn't have unions) is predominantly made up of white officers.  There is the Fraternal Order of Police, whose president is black, but it's not affiliated with the Black Police Officers' Association.  There is the Latino Police Officers' Assocation, and then there is the BPOA.  The BPOA is also suing the DPA because its president, Glenn White, criticized the police funeral escort given to Chief Brown's son, who had murdered a police officer.  The BPOA and the LPOA are extremely racist in nature, and do not allow any officer who is not "one of them" to hold membership.   

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Those aren't rooster-shaped confections on a stick?

MattL1
MattL1

I've called people assholes, cocksuckers and MUCH worse.  I don't know what kind of world you live in, but you should probably leave the rectory now and then.  It's not low-class language.  It's the way normal people express frustration and anger.

Also, yes, I'm hungover and looking for someone to disagree with.  Take from that what you will.  Cheers.

Trp214
Trp214

Joyce you nailed it.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

What Police Chief have they ever liked?  I can not remember one.  I liked Kunkle, but they didn't. 

G_David
G_David

"Given" to minorities?  When is the last time you've seen the racial breakdown in the city of Dallas, 1962?

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Well Joyce, you are the one in the comment stream on the other article that the commentators discussed "asshole" but not cocksucker," so I think Diane has made a valid comment.  I know that anatomically everyone is, or at least has, an asshole, but is not necessaroty a cocksucker (although I imagine more than 50% of the population would fit that description).  So what has you so torqued about the reporter saying cocksucker?  Would you have been happier if shed said scumbag (used condom) or scrot (testicles)?  How about something completely anatomically inappropriate, douchebag?

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Joyce--1st off, you know I really respect you, so we are just disageeeing severely here, okay?

While some, like you and me, normally see past race and move on to ability, you HAVE TO ADMIT, that when ANY black politician or black officer is criticized, teased or whatever in Dallas, the FIRST--ABSOLUTE FIRST knee jerk reaction is, "Racism!" And the cries and complaints begin, soon followed by threats of marches, protests and all that---been seeing this for 40 years, Joyce.

Again, show me where his RACE, the color of his SKIN, is why she uttered the words? She has freedom of speech, as we all do, to express our frustration. Hell, I am sorely disappointed in our president right now, but the photo of him and me--with Kirk and P. Medrano from 2004 still sits on my desk where I teach. Am I pissed at him, yes. Is it because of his SKIN, NO!!

Sounds like this here. She got mad, had a fit, someone heard. Why is this so complicated? Had he been white, would the BPA still be yelling? No. So it is nothing more than a race-card play. I respect Chief Brown. I hope he lets this go. What a more wonderful thing for him to have done but to meet with her privately, let her do a mea culpa, and then together, they walk about and forget about it? How much MORE would people think of him if he was gracious and generous?

You know, with the teens that I teach, we teach them to stop fights before they start, to accept and give apologies, and let the past stay there. Why in hell can't our adults in this city do the same thing?

Bpa
Bpa

Adribiotech.... Get your facts srtaight.. Anybodycan be a part of BPA or LPOA!!!

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

You are right Dave.....Why does my mind always go straight to sex?  Then what is an "asshole"?

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Normal to you, not normal to me.  Hope you feel better.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Haven't you been following the redistricting process?  That discussion has been all about "giving" X number of safe districts to blacks and Y number of safe districts to Latinos.  Remember the days of "at large" council members?  Remember what the council looked like?

Yes, "giving" because absent that, the council and DISD would be predominantly white.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

My God, Joyce, you are either stubborn or in denial. I am not "condemning all blacks," and you know it. I do not have a "problem with race." I have a problem with it being 2011 in the rest of the world, and 1978 in Dallas.

The race card IS and HAS and WILL BE used by minorities in this city. I am not denying the legacy of real, genuine, honest-to-God racism in Dallas, but I object to EVERY THING --EVERY TIME a white person says or does something, it is a race card that is played. And you know it. You know it. You know it.

See a post related above as a new post. See if Tanya's black friends agree with your asessment of her. Who knows her better, you or them?

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

So sorry that you do not get it.  Stretching was has been said here, and trying to find something will condemn all blacks  will not work with me. As I stated you seem to have a problem with race.  My last comment.  Black's do not have to use the race card, people like you will.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Uh-uh, Joyce. Play this out. YOU SAID that it was COCKSUCKER that torqued blacks. On the other article, Betty C said the same thing, that blacks don't use that word. So come one, 'fess up here. I am calling it as I see it, and that is far from "stupid." Here it is, Joyce. Despite you just calling me stupid, I will still be nice to you. But let's summarize--and that is not stretching: 1. Reporter gets pissed and uses two terms overheard by others. 2. While RACE is not mentioned once in her tirade, some black people  object to it and go public with it.

3. The Chief sadly falls into line with this thought on the radio.

4. Some black commenters on the blog, you being one of them, CLEARLY STATED THE OBJECTION WAS TO THE C-WORD, NOT ASSHOLE.  Betty C CLEARLY states it is just  not said in the black community. 5. So, while race was the card played originally by the BPA, I now see a different subtext. When called out on the race card, on the fact that she did not even say anything to his face, and still apologized for it.... Some, like you, still wanted her head on a platter. So, YOUR focus became the WORD used.... ONE of the words. All I did was try to figure out what it was about one of those words. Please explain why that word is more offensive than asshole?  Like when the stuff with J W P came to light. Race card played on the first go round. This city will NEVER move forward if we keep playing the same game plan, year after year after year after year.

I would love to see the black leadership in this town NEVER utter the word RACE again when making a point. Try it. Make the people involved all the same color in your head. If she had been "Tanya Jackson" instead of Eiserer, a good German name, would we even be having this debate? Answer that!

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Diane does not have a point. I would have been happier if this never happened.  The end.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

I can not and will not attempt to expain the BPA's actions.  I can only speak for me, and at the risk of repeatig myself, I will just say that I stand by my previous comments.

You have seen and been around me for years and there are many negative  issues that surface about some African American people and politicians which I do not get involved in. I do not believe in upholding wrong no matter what race or sex the person is. I  make up my mind on issues and address them as I see fi,t and at times I have found myself at odds with different people because I am so independent. Race does not always drive my decision, but I will assure you that race does matter and as a teacher in DISD I am sure you are aware of that.

In some instances you can let the past go, but as you know, there are sometimes that you have to take a stand. Once I do make up my mind it is not an easy task for anyone to make me back down.

We have been on the same side on many DISD issues and I believe that we will be in the future. Through the years we have respected eachother and I am sure that will continue.

Ed D.
Ed D.

It's like a doggie door, only for donkeys who need to get in and out of the barn,

MattL1
MattL1

Thanks.  Much appreciated. 

G_David
G_David

Nice job on completely missing the point Dave.

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