Dallas Police Announce Arrest of Craig Watkins' Nephew, Then Realize it Wasn't Watkins' Nephew

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We were going to take a pass on this one. We were going to ignore the press release Dallas police sent at 12:39 p.m. informing every media outlet in town that Thomas Lee Watkins III, the 20-year-old nephew of Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, had been arrested for allegedly shoplifting a pair of $70 headphones from the Walmart on Cockrell Hill Road while carrying a small amount of marijuana.

Watkins has been getting raked over the coals in recent days over real, substantive issues. His nephew's allegedly sticky fingers didn't seem to merit additional ink. Here at at Unfair Park, we cringe at the thought of being judged by the actions of certain members of our extended families.

But then, at 12:48, all of nine minutes after the original email, DPD spokeswoman LaTonia Kelley sent a curt followup: "This information was inadvertently sent to media ... please disregard."

She didn't explain why the information should be disregarded, and we haven't been able to get the media relations folks on the phone. But it probably has something to do with the fact that Thomas Lee Wakins III isn't Watkins' nephew and isn't related to him at all.

"It seriously was an accident," DPD spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey. "It wasn't even a press release."

It wasn't supposed to be, anyways. According to Jeffrey, Thomas Lee Watkins III told arresting officers that Craig Watkins was his uncle, a claim that was relayed to the media relations department which presumably would have checked the claim to see if it was true. But instead of sending the email internally, Kelley inadvertently sent it to DPD's vast media list.

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FEDUP
FEDUP

Fuckin DPD MORONS.


lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

Should have been Craig Watkins himself that was arrested. What an embarrassment to our city legal community!

PRAdvice
PRAdvice

Dear Craig Watkins. Fuck--what are you doing?! Here's some free advice from a white liberal. 

Look, I know you're not perfect. But you got innocent people out of jail. That is a good thing, maybe even the best of things.

(And to those who say, "so what? They got paid back!" Is watching The Shawshank Redemption for 20 years straight worth $800,000 grand? Maybe? After the review board takes their sweet time to process your exoneration?)

But, Mr. Watkins, you opened up a whole can of worms. They want DNA data to go forward instead of backward. Exonerating the innocent costs money. It's better to keep tabs on everybody and sell their info to Big Insurance. (OK, maybe that was a reach). But at least we got 4 people listening now. 

 So anyway....

WATKINS. Yes. You are getting politcally rocked and it is obviously coordinated. Here's what you do.  

Do not call in sick. Do not send in a meek surrogate to answer questions for you. Do not let the media dictate your narrative because you are absent. 

Take it to the press. Hold a conference. Don't be angry, but do be passionate. Shit, don't take questions from them if you don't want to. YOU ask the questions! Don't even take questions!  

Daniel
Daniel

Instead of apologizing, they should have started a new tradition of scouring police blotters nationwide for perps with the surname Watkins, sending out news releases noting the relation to Craig Watkins, and then later disavowing said relation with an "oops" release. Eventually, Craig Watkins would get so mad he'd yell and it would be funny.  

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

"His nephew's allegedly sticky fingers didn't seem to merit additional ink"

Someone lying(or not lying) about being a shady DA's nephew while getting busted for theft is certainly more interesting than your story about a cop going up to a car with someone smoking inside. 

The editorial decisions of this 'paper' are seriously bizarre. 

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Slow news day. Wrote a song about it. Wanna hear it?

roo_ster
roo_ster

Give DPD a break, all those black guys are named the same.  Actually, even if it was his nephew, it isn't very newsworthy.

"...we cringe at the thought of being judged by the actions of certain members of our extended families."
I am right there with you.

Edward
Edward

@Daniel That would definitely be worthwhile. Watkins getting mad about things both real and imaginary is always entertaining.

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