In Red Oak, the Cops Say Their Department Is a Cesspool of Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia

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The City of Red Oak, about 15 minutes due south of Dallas, never really explained why Police Chief Craig Rudolph abruptly resigned this summer after six years on the job. Officials did, however, immediately appoint a special committee to review potential cases of racial profiling and race relations within the department in order to "identify any potential deficiencies in the department and recommend any necessary remedies."

The police officers who worked under Rudolph are much less hesitant to discuss specifics. Eight current and former officers filed a federal lawsuit against Rudolph and the city on Thursday portraying the former chief as a racist, misogynistic, homophobic asshole who made their time at the department miserable.

Among other things, the officers say that Rudolph:

-refused to hire female officers because he thought they'd have sex with their male colleagues while on duty;

-singled out black recruits for additional testing and subjected them to more stringent requirements;

-responded to officers' concerns about unsanitary conditions in the city detention center by saying "They are in jail, fuck 'em";

-often referred to black suspects as "nigger";

-replied that he had "stuck [his] foot in his mouth" after he told several officers, "I don't know which is worse, your kid showing up with a nigger or being a faggot";

-fired at least two officers, Ryan Payne and James Groom, for complaining that they had not been properly trained on the use of a new model of gun acquired by the department.

-kept calling Afghan civilians "towel heads" when discussing one officer's military tour in Afghanistan;

-referred to cases in which a black person is killed as "misdemeanor murder."

When officers complained to city officials, they say they were harassed and ostracized and that, once Red Oak opened an official investigation, they were "subjected to intensive and intrusive interrogations" and polygraphs probing their personal lives. Those officers who are still with the department "continue to be harassed, intimidated, ridiculed and retaliated against by City officials."

(Update on November 12: In a prepared statement sent out Friday evening, Red Oak City Manager Todd Fuller declined to address any specific allegations but said the city has, "over the past summer, taken unprecedented and aggressive pro-active steps to address concerns raised by some police officers and community members concerning race relations with the community and within the police department. Many of the concerns within the department have been directly addressed and corrected." The full statement is below.)

Garland Wolf, formerly a lieutenant in the Midlothian Police Department, has since been hired as Red Oak's police chief. He has promised to begin "addressing a lot of issues that have been identified" and establish a clear direction and structure.

"Just from what I have seen in the last couple of days and nothing against my predecessor, but I think that there might have been a little lack of vision."

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Red Oak Police Lawsuit

Statement from Red Oak City Manager Todd Fuller:

While we clearly cannot comment as to litigation, the Red Oak City Council and City Manager have, over the past summer, taken unprecedented and aggressive pro-active steps to address concerns raised by some police officers and community members concerning race relations with the community and within the police department. Many of the concerns within the department have been directly addressed and corrected.

Our new interim police chief is already making strides in continuing to improve all aspects of internal operations and departmental issues. The Department continues to improve community outreach and departmental operations. Additionally, the city council has established an independent panel of minority relations professionals and community members that is studying issues such as minority recruitment and retention of officers, community-minority relations, and improving racial profiling data and reporting requirements.

"The purpose of this committee," said Fuller "is to identify any potential deficiencies in the department and recommend any necessary remedies."

The committee has been tasked to determine if there are any specific instances where racial profiling may have occurred or been suspected. Additionally, it is reviewing interracial relations within the department, minority community outreach efforts, as well as the recruiting and retention of a diverse police force. At the end of the committee's work, a final report will be produced to identify any potential issues and recommend any necessary remedies.

"We are determined to address any outstanding issues quickly and in a transparent manner based on both the chief and the committee's recommendations," said Fuller.

The committee is comprised of six members including three leading professional experts in the areas of racial profiling, race relations and law enforcement. Dr. Alex del Carmen an expert on racial profiling policies, analysis and procedures; Dr. Robert L, Bing, a criminologist specializing in research on race and race relations; and Royce West Jr., an attorney, whose area of expertise is on racial profiling and race relations.

We cannot comment on the specific litigation that has been filed at this time. It will be turned over to our legal counsel for review and to determine the appropriate response in the case.

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bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

The people of Red Oak already know that they're a town full of right-wing, racist, redneck trash.  In fact being inbred and ignorant are matters of PRIDE for them.  And that's why people move to Red Oak - to be among like minded southerners.

So they can't possibly be surprised that their chief of police is one of them.


maggie.mcbride.perso
maggie.mcbride.perso

I have experienced Mr Roudolph first hand. I was a successful female detective when he hired on at Red Oak as the police chief. Within a month of him being there, I was demoted to police officer and replaced by one of the good ole boys whom had no experience in working the cases I was working, crimes against children and sexual assaults. This demotion ultimately led to my resignation and end of my law enforcement career. I now am a very successful manager at a large corporation and am glad to see that something is finally being done about this. Good riddens Rudolph!!!! If yall need any help with this, I will be glad to testify.

maggie.mcbride.perso
maggie.mcbride.perso

I agree.... I was a successful female investigator when Rudolph first hired on and within a month, he demoted me to officer of which ultimately led to my resignation. He informed me that the male sargeant had more experience, therefore he would be my replacement. Good riddens to him.

MargaretHuntHill
MargaretHuntHill

Red Oak is a pit in a number of ways.  I hope the new chief ends the speed trap on I-35.


holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

I can envision the Red Oak police responding to a commotion at Heritage Middle School.

Maryland Middle School Requires Children To Cross Dress For “LGBTQ Appreciation Day” - Parents in the town of St. Leonard, MD were aghast after learning what the staff at Heritage Middle School required children to do for a passing grade. The outrage stems from an event held this past Monday, a day which the school had dubbed “LGBTQ Appreciation Day” instructing children to experience the homosexual lifestyle for a single school day or receive a failing grade. 

Students were assigned the different roles throughout LGBTQ culture. Boys were given the task of being masculine homosexuals, feminine homosexuals, cross dressers and a wide variety of other gay archetypes. The young ladies were selected to be lip stick lesbians, or butch lesbians. 

The students were partnered with members of the same sex and they were then made to role-played a day in the life of a gay couple. Holding hands, hugging and other innocent displays of affection were both encouraged and rewarded as extra credit by school officials. 

"For decades the conservative majority has expressed nothing but hatred and disdain towards homosexuals and gay culture. Fortunately, progressive liberal reasoning has gained predominance which has enabled those of  us within educational systems to re-educate and replace many of the antiquated ways in which people perceive homosexuals and their allies. The Obama administration has opened up so many doors for us and I look forward to propelling this agenda forward. My goal is to make homosexuality the commonly accepted norm. I won’t rest until there’s an out-of-the-closet homosexual in every family!” - school principle Caren Shandel.

snip!

Little Johnny: "Hey! Whataya hafta do to get a passing grade around here, teach?"

a blow job.

tdkisok
tdkisok

Sounds like a Republican.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Sounds like a real classy guy....

Daniel
Daniel

Hopefully this prick hasn't reproduced.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Anyone surprised? Anyone believe the city gov in redneck didn't know this and ignore it?

Welcome to 2013. Plus ça change, plus ça meme.

observist
observist topcommenter

@maggie.mcbride.perso Could you tell us a little more about how successful you are?  First you were successful, now you're very successful...  do you have an estimate on when you will be super-duper successful? 

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@holmantx 

You know, Holman, you don't have to fall for and repeat EVERY urban myth Republican that the Republicans tell you.

observist
observist topcommenter

@holmantx Holman, 60 seconds of Googling will show that there is no Heritage Middle School in St. Leonard, MD, and that this story is a hoax - fabricated to feed the fevered minds of the outraged Right.   That's you, BTW.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @tdkisok I doubt you even know any Republicans who would speak freely around you.  I know plenty of both, and that sounds more like a Yellow Dog Democrat to me.

BrotherElRoy
BrotherElRoy

@ozonelarryb Red Oak is not the only city that has problems.  Tell me one that doesn't have any.  Dallas has more than its fair share. 

rick_orozco
rick_orozco

Riddens, a coloquial term purcular to the south. Sorry, Maggie, just making light of a bad situation. I hope you have an opportunity to testify.

BubbaJoBob
BubbaJoBob

@BrotherElRoy @MargaretHuntHill Yes, unlike the thriving, culturally-rich, diverse city of Red Oak, Dallas is a hole.  

Yeehaw, let's go see that there Red Oak Symphony Orchestra.  I hear they are fixin' to do some ole' Johnny Rebel songs.

hewlett.ted
hewlett.ted

@observist @holmantx There is, however, an elementary school in St. Lenard, MD.    But, according to its website, the principal does not have the name given on the originating website.

I find there are lots of fevered minds among the outraged Left.

I am a social conservative.  There are lots of autrocious things going on in education, but I am concerned that we not be distracted by false information.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@observist @holmantx 

Of course it's a hoax.

But when has that stopped your crowd?

Our President is a hoax. 

tdkisok
tdkisok

@everlastingphelps 

Yeah, if we were in the early 60's it very well could have been a Democrat. But then came Civil Rights Legislation which was a Democrat idea and plan and they all switched to the GOP. That's history. It's comical that you would think its a modern day Texas Dem. You are either in major denial or an idiot.

And you are very wrong about no Republicans speaking freely. Ever heard of FaceBook? I've got plenty of Republican friends who spew this shit on their pages. 

You know as well as I do that former Chief is a Republican. And probably a big supporter of Cruz.


bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@BrotherLeRoy @ozonelarryb 

That seems to be about the best anyone can say about Republican strongholds like Red Oak - that there are still some places in the world that are worse.

They should make that the town motto - "We're bad, but we could be worse.".


rick_orozco
rick_orozco

The Whataburger and Walmart are cultural centers. I'm just being mean, it's too easy.

mcdallas
mcdallas

@BrotherElRoy Now THAT'S setting the standard.  I can see the billboards now: "Red Oak: No Presidents Slain Here".  You must be so proud.

BrotherElRoy
BrotherElRoy

At least jfk was not shot in red oak. Dallas cannot even hang with ftw much less ro.

observist
observist topcommenter

@everlastingphelps @tdkisok    

 From the Fraternal Order of Police:

"It should be noted many of those members (as most cops are) are registered Republicans or conservative independents"

"In every presidential race with the exception of Bill Clinton, the Republican candidate has enjoyed our endorsement."

They abstained in 2012 and would not endorse Romney.  Apparently the Republicans'  recent efforts to eliminate collective bargaining for public sector employees were enough to outweigh the cops' natural angry macho white guy tendencies.

http://www.coloradofop.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&homeID=257145

tdkisok
tdkisok

@everlastingphelps


You are under the illusion that all public servants are pro union. Far from the truth especially here in Texas. You are making an incorrect assumption based on your own lack of knowledge about the subject. Whites are more likely to be GOP in these parts, no matter who they work for or their profession. 

tdkisok
tdkisok

@everlastingphelps 


Not many Republican cops? Most if not all White police officers in TEXAS are Republicans. LMAO  I can't take you seriously.


everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @tdkisok You're the one stuck in the past.  There just aren't many Republican cops, even in red states.  Cops are unionized public servants.  Just like all the other unionized public servants, they vote for tax and spend Democrats.

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