Three More Dallas Cops Were Fired Yesterday

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Charles Walker faces sexual assault charges in Rains County.
Dallas Police Department Chief David Brown, who's made a habit of announcing department firings on the DPD Facebook page, announced three more firings late yesterday, including one officer accused of molesting a relative in Rains County.

Here's the rundown:

Officer Zenae Humphries of the South Central was caught lying after getting into a car accident on June 27, 2011, while she was in a marked vehicle. The four-year vet had her children with her at the time of the accident, and an investigation concluded that Humphries "did not devote her full time and attention to Police Department business, caused false information to be entered into an accident report and was untruthful to a supervisor."

Humphries was also involved in a ruckus with an acquaintance while in Kentucky on Christmas Day, when she shot at the rear tire of the victim's vehicle, the department said.

Southwest's Senior Corporal Jeffrey Lewis was terminated after the Public Integrity Unity found that the officer made unwanted sexual advances toward a woman who called for help. After Lewis responded to the call, he returned to her residence and touched her. And internal investigation found him guilty of lying and adverse conduct. He'd been on the force for 15 years.

Officer Charles Walker from the Southeast Division was let go after a Rains County Grand Jury indicted the fourth-year officer of "10 counts of Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact and two counts of Sexual Assault," DPD announced. Walker posted a $120,000 bond and was released.

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elsando
elsando

I wish some enterprising journalist would do a study of how many of these fired police officers eventually are reinstated through an appeal process. Over the years it seems I've seen a bunch.

Sanders Kaufman
Sanders Kaufman

The way I see it, the biggest problem is that cops are assigned to remote areas, instead of their own home turf.  Folks behave much better around people who will recognize them, and tend to take better care of their own turf than of other people's.

guest
guest

you're right...however, that also lends to more cronyistic treatment.  Have a dispute with a neighbor over a flood light through your window?  Use your badge...have a neighbor running a weekly poker game for the boys? Don't use your badge and grab a seat at the table.  AND I AM IN KNOW WAY RELATED TO FORMER OFFICER CHARLES WALKER (who, btw has only been indicted, tried and convicted).

guest
guest

make that "not yet tried or convicted"..sorry.

Sacmankc135
Sacmankc135

Over the last 15 years I've observed that great 'majority' of Dallas Police officers (between the ages 50 and 21) are badge heavy. Their demeanor toward the average everyday citizen is the same they present too a drug pushing criminal breaking the law!  They are ARROGANT, IMPUDENT, LAZY, with an attitude of 'it's all about me', and down right obtuse!  I've  seen 40 year old cops that should have been put over their daddy's knee and whipped a few times to beat the stupid out of them. I work extremely close with them everyday, so I see it first hand. You are correct with the statement Texas DPS troopers are more professional. Again the majority of ones I come in contact with (male and Female) are useless as TITS ON A NUN! And no; I have never had a ticket (but one in 1965) and never been arrested, so no run in's with them here!!

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Well, remember that the profession is always going to attract the types of people who crave power and respect and can only achieve that by having a badge and gun. It's up to the department to weed them out before they're sworn in. 

There are damn good police officers out there dedicated to protecting and serving, but they also have to work with a fair amount of mental midgets who power trip and then hide behind the union when they make stupid decisions to serve themselves only.

Id4tyler
Id4tyler

Why is it that it always Dallas cops that are always in hot water?

primi timpano
primi timpano

I have had mixed encounters with Dallas cops, though always for minor traffic offenses; they never got me for the felonies.  Most were professional, a few were rude.  Most professional cops I have encountered were state DPS troopers.  Whatever program they have Dallas should copy it.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

ive had a few run in with the sherrifs/constables on 30, I have a problem not going the speed limit although I feel 60 is redic for 30 once you pass hampton going west.  they all seem friendly but its mostly about the  money.  both times i was pulled over they asked for my license and insurance, I told them my insurance card was in the glove box and they both said, forget it.  Im not worried about that.  they just wrote the speeding ticket in less than 5 minutes and were on their way

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Used to be the DPD didnt have this problem..Most of the challenges began during the latter Bill Rathburn/Terrell Bolton era when it came to hiring, when they let any/everyone into the department, damn the common sense....Its why my dad took his retirement when he did five years ago, as he know the department was already in a nose dive..

Sacmankc135
Sacmankc135

It's getting to the point that the only difference I see from DPD officers vs criminals, they wear a uniform and a badge.

Sacmankc135
Sacmankc135

Over the last three years there have been more officers fired and disciplined in the DPD than I can remember over the past 40 years. Where do they get these useless MORONS? Oh thats right they had to drop the high standards for the few idiots! Do you feel safe in Dallas? 

Guest
Guest

Maybe we should pay our cops a better wage so we can be a little more selective. We're a Tier 1 City now so why can't we use the extra federal funding to beef up our police department with better wages to get better people. Seriously, who in their right mind would accept such low pay to strap on a gun and risk being shot at every day? 

Sacmankc135
Sacmankc135

Their still paid better than the majority of large Texas cities except Houston, it's not the wages, it's the 'lowering  the standards' that get you the sh*t fer brains you have now. No amount of money is going to fix STUPID!!

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Ever wonder how so many bad apples slip through the cracks? In the 'burbs, it's hard to get on with some departments(looking at you Plano and Richardson.) Seems to me like Dallas has a higher rate of bad cops(yes I understand there are more Dallas cops than almost all of our suburbs combined.)

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

funny stuff huh, I had a buddy apply at DPD and they said he wasnt hireable bc he admitted to smoking weed when he was 18. 

primi timpano
primi timpano

 Like Dallas cops aren't smoking weed?  I hear they get the best stuff in town.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

And how do you know Plano and Richardson aren't just better at keeping the dirty laundry hidden?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

There isn't a lot of turnover there. With Plano you might have a handful of openings a year, same with Richardson. I applied w/RPD, didn't expect it to be a huge ordeal, and there were 200 applicants. That gets sliced in half when you take the civil service exam or whatever it's called, then you fill out an application that asks you all kinds of things(smoking weed--I answered yes, you don't want to lie on these things because they do a polygraph test later, why waste my time). They also ask you about your credit background, if you have any outstanding debt, apparently you have to have a certain credit rating to qualify as well(I pulled myself out, had a bankruptcy and he said that would disqualify me from consideration.) After you go through all that and do your interviews with everyone, then you go on to physical qualification, and another test after that.What I'm saying is, after all this testing, they pretty much(at least in Plano and Richardson) weed out 85-90% of people and sometimes more. And Titus, there had to be some kind of behavior before these that would have tipped someone off, but maybe there wasn't. That's what I meant about slipping through the cracks, either in irregular behavior or the qualifaction process itself.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Do they publish rejection rates anywhere? Just giving you my personal experience. Is there some experience you'd like to share? I'm not bashing them by any means, I respect police officers, it's not an easy job and much much harder than what I do on a day to day basis.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Another question would be why DPD would think polygraphs are accurate, worthwhile, and not easily beat with a tiny amount of training?

james
james

read justice in smith county. movie was made of it called rush. about 2 crooked drug dealing narcotics officers who did prison time for falsifying arrest reports and having people locked up in prison for their lies. they were on the plano police department before their smith county escapades.

primi timpano
primi timpano

 Does DPD give annual polygraphs? Or even polygraphs at time of employment?

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

But as you point out, you don't know whether there was prior behavior. 

You also didn't compare RPD's candidate rejection rate to DPD's.

But none of that stopped you from painting DPD with a broad brush, now did it?

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Since they were fired, I don't think they actually did slip through the cracks.

Whitman1
Whitman1

He means slipping through the cracks as in getting hired in the first place.

primi timpano
primi timpano

 They had to get through the cracks before they could get fired.  15 years tenure for the creepy guy, 4 years for the sex offender.  That's a lot of slippage.

Now I Get It!
Now I Get It!

 There are psychological profiles that can and should be enforced when hiring into these positions.  Often times, the results of these profiles are overlooked or ignored when a department has trouble filling the demand for staffing.

dub919
dub919

 So, DPD is supposed to just not hire and/or fire people that some may deem "creepy"?  Seriously...?

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