The Tea Party Knows Who to Blame for Dallas PD's Slow Response: Mexicans

Categories: Crime, Politics

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Patrick Michels
Activists at the Lone Star Tea Party's Tax Day rally in 2010.
The Dallas Police Department still hasn't given a very satisfying explanation for why it took officers so long to respond to an armed robbery and shooting at a West Dallas grocery on Sunday. Partly it was the 911 caller's heavy accent, partly that officers were working what they thought was a separate shooting call down the street. Either way, you come up with a ridiculous 75-minute response to an armed robbery.

The folks at the Arlington-based Lone Star Tea Party have a theory: Dallas is so focused on coddling illegal immigrants that it neglects to provide basic services to English speakers like Joe Cho, the Korean-born manager of the West Dallas grocery.

"We wonder if this would have been a mexican 911 caller instead of a Korean Caller (Joe Cho) the DPD would have said there was an accent problem?" a blogger writes on the group's website. "What makes it moronic is this is coming from a sanctuary city that encourages immigrants not to learn English and assimilate. But we are sure there was a mexican speaking 911 dispatcher on staff, everyone else is hung out to dry. Bottom line is if you shoot someone or get shot, stay calm talk clearly or help may not arrive anytime soon."

To be fair to DPD, Cho's 911 call was really hard to understand. Some of that was the accent, some the fact that Cho spoke with the panicked air of a man who'd just shot an assault rifle-wielding robber. But the call taker got enough of the conversation to glean that there had been an armed robbery. The communications breakdown came in the process of conveying the urgency of the situation to officers in the field. But hey, let's not let that stop us from hopping on our anti-immigrant hobby horse.

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CanYouDigIt
CanYouDigIt

"But we are sure there was a mexican speaking 911 dispatcher on staff"....ok stopped reading at the point where someone believes Mexican is a language.

Al Carpio
Al Carpio

Guess that means every "Occupy" person who demonstrated in Dallas are rapist huh? There are dumb ***** in every party and ideology. Come on now DO. We know your biased as hell but come on!

Kerin Rodriguez
Kerin Rodriguez

Wow. Someone actually began a comment with: "Considering that blacks and mexicans are responsible for a majority of the violent crime in this city..."

Threeboys
Threeboys

75 minutes is totally unacceptable.

However, regardless of where you came from, learn to speak English and maybe the dispatchers will be able to communicate with you.

bifftannen
bifftannen

If Dallas is a sanctuary city, good. The more that drown out these buffoons, the better.

roo_ster
roo_ster

"But hey, let's not let that stop us from hopping on our anti-immigrant hobby horse."

I'll have you know, my hobby horse is actually a inter-species hobby-_mule_ and he(1) is more than a little put out by your intolerant, un-welcoming attitude to interspecies-kind.  Also, he is properly anti-illegal alien, more than willing to kick them out on their collective ass.

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(1) "John" is his name. 

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Yo Eric...WHOM to blame. Esp in this column.

tape_is_glue_and_bac
tape_is_glue_and_bac

The article is more of an attack on the Tea Party than anything else.  


primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Do not the 911 operators get the address from the phone?

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

You could walk from Dispatch to that location quicker.

Daniel
Daniel

Shorter Lone Star Tea Party: "Police dispatch operators can understand native English speakers. It really sticks in my craw that they can understand Mexicans, too!" 

keeponkeepinitdown
keeponkeepinitdown

Considering that blacks and mexicans are responsible for a majority of the violent crime in this city-- then YES it is their fault.

Also: The majority of city employees are worthless human garbage that have been given a mercy job. We pay and suffer the results. 

PersistentID2345
PersistentID2345

To be fair to the citizens of Dallas, the guy was genuinely panicked and the very distinct possibility that he said 'shots' twice during the conversation should be evident to anyone with a decent phone receiver. The 75 minute response time is not acceptable.

The DPD could equip convenience stores with phone apps so they can authenticate where the call is coming from and provide the reported incident details without having to initially relay that information by voice. 

The Tea party argument on this is a reach. They would do better to focus on other issues related to immigration (like the AFL-CIO management's abandonment of their members and other working Americans through their support of the Immigration reform bill).

Ben Bernanke is in charge of interest rates? Maybe like an engineer on a runaway train. Hint: Both are lacking exit strategies.


harryh
harryh

Personally I can't wait for the gang of eight's immigration bill to become law. It'll be like putting Ben Bernanke in charge of labor prices as well as interest rates. The tea party is a sad example of ideology trumping its own interests as employers and consumers.

Daniel
Daniel

@roo_ster 

Is your hobby horse also enraged at the notion of bilingual 911 operators, as the Lone Star Tea Party appears to be?*


Jeez, clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right ...


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* My great-great-grandmother from Hungary came here not speaking a word of English blah blah blah hard work blah blah blah assimilated blah blah blah believed in the American Dream blah blah blah. There, I saved you a few key-strokes 

scottie1620
scottie1620

@tape_is_glue_and_bac And rightly so. Tea Party people have to be the single dumbest group of people on the planet. In a country like China the government would simply round them up and exterminate them for the good of the nation.

Threeboys
Threeboys

@GuitarPlayer That's funny.. That's exactly what I say when I hear a liberal speak, or read what a liberal writes.

PersistentID2345
PersistentID2345

@GuitarPlayer The bozo button next to your 'Top Commenter' status looks a lot like the Tea Party T-Shirt emblems in the above photo.

tape_is_glue_and_bac
tape_is_glue_and_bac

@GuitarPlayer  

stereotyping and ad hominem (personal attack fallacy), "the big lie" (if you repeat a big lie, people will begin to think some of it is true)

How about making arguments and letting the market place of ideas sort it out?

roo_ster
roo_ster

@DanielMy hobby-_mule_(1) doesn't mind bilingual 911 operators in the least.  Especially if they are generous with apples.  He would, however, prefer that the operators' two languages be Welsh and Finnish, as he is a bit of an agent of chaos and sorely concerned with Brythonic/Uralic rapprochement.

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(1) Again, with the interspeciesism!

roo_ster
roo_ster

@scottie1620 @tape_is_glue_and_bac And you wonder why we fight so hard to retain our firearms?  May you get your own Che' treatment, and soon.


Daniel
Daniel

@roo_ster You pretty much walked into that one, Scottie. I deplore the Tea Party, but not one-one-millionth as much as I deplore the notion of exterminating our fellow citizens. You're a dick.


RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@scottie1620 @tape_is_glue_and_bac @GuitarPlayer The idiocy might be found in one who mistakenly characterizes an entire group of people who happen to share a political philosophy based on the behavior of a loud-mouthed few.  I'm sure not everyone in your own social set is as likely to let their words make them look as stupid as yours make you look, right?

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