Here's Dallas County Constable Beth Villareal in a Weird Christian Rap Video

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Harmini, via Facebook
Beth Villareal, pretending to arrest someone for a music video.
Dallas County Constable Beth Villareal is in the middle of a tough reelection bid. She knows this. You can tell she knows because she sued challenger Susan Lopez-Craig because her name was too Hispanic.

It would seem prudent, then, at least until the March 4 primary, for Villareal to avoid doing dumb things that her opponents can use as ammunition against her. Like appearing in her constable uniform in a third-rate "Christian/inspirational" rapper's music video. Yet here she is in a still from the shoot for Harmini's "If I Go Away."

Her cameo didn't make the cut for the 45-second "music video trailer" Harmini posted to YouTube over the weekend, though a couple of her deputies do. We expect to see more of her when the full video is released on Christmas Day.

There are several questions that can be raised here. For example:

-Is it appropriate for law enforcement officials to don their official uniforms for an entertainment production?

-Should a public officeholder be endorsing an artist with an overtly Christian message ("May Harmini's gifts bring you ever closer to Jesus!" his website says)?

-What the hell is the constabulary doing taking part in what appears to be a multi-jurisdictional, SWAT-style operation? Shouldn't they be serving eviction notices?

We'll set those aside until we hear back from Villareal or Harmini, both of whom we've asked for comment. Until then, we'll focus on the more important question: Is it wise to cast a vote for someone who associates herself with this guy?

If Saturday Night Live had a white-Christian-rapper character, it would be Harmini. The self-seriousness. The bombast. The cornrows. This appearance on Denton Community Television's Time With Theresa. This Jesus-versus-Satan poster for the "World at War Rap Tour." It's all amazing.

We're not saying any of this should disqualify Villareal from returning as Precinct 5's Constable. It's just something voters should keep in mind when they head to the ballot box.

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.

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ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Thought I'd check back to see if any of the unpaid interns in the comments section (The gals are unpaid 77% less) had contacted anyone in a position to answer the questions posed by lead blog reporter Alex Trebek.

Nope, we still don't know if the video is kosher, or if it Baracks all over the Constitution

I have a 30-year old Vt State Police press pass, maybe I'll call the cop shop and earn my keep.

tsualumni07
tsualumni07

Evidently they will let anyone write articles these days.  And if you want to report a real story about who Harmini really is why don't you start with the fact that he turned his life completely around and is now trying to put some positivity and love back into his community.  Why don't report about the homeless veteran who had his face literally rotting away from cancer and Harmini was the one person who took him off the street using his own time and money to get him help.  Maybe that is what Officer Villareal saw and that's what she supports.  Someone who came from the streets of drugs and violence and turned his life around to do some good for his community.

brpd1627
brpd1627

By the way, we who are faithful readers of your articles can do without smut like the adult video awards you posted a few weeks ago.  But you clearly saw nothing wrong with posting it along with the hundred or so very graphic photos.  You deserve a standing ovation for that mess... Bravo! 

brpd1627
brpd1627

Oh, by the way brpd1627 is former Ofc. Marcus Tillman.  Don't want anyone to think I have anything to hide.  I love The Lord and support "good" cops who do their job with professional courtesy.  ~Blessings~

brpd1627
brpd1627

I guess me (being the former Plano Police officer who was fired while in rehab just months after nearly being killed in the line of duty) appearing in the "Third Rate Christian Video" should be an issue also right?  Oh I'm sorry.  I don't matter because I'm not running for a position in office.  I understand that scum like you would post anything for ratings and to stir up controversy but if you really were concerned about journalism, you would've contacted the City of Plano when I sent out the letter to your paper 2 and a half years ago rather than shying away because you're scared to do your job.


The fact that you have an issue with someone who wears a badge also being or supporting Christian efforts shows just how shallow minded "YOU" are as an individual who happens to have a platform to express your mind for thousands to read.  I've got a question for you, since obviously no one but you knows what is and isn't acceptable behavior, what is your view of Jesus Christ?  Because just like everyone else, you will be judged just as harshly as those you judge right now...


Constable Villareal was a pleasure to work with and was extremely professional.  And for those who want to blab without knowing anything but what the genius who wrote this said, make sure you check out season 3 of the tv show Dallas.   You will see several Dallas cops wearing their real uniforms.  I know, because I've been on scene with them.  Boom!

wcvemail
wcvemail

"...when the full video is released on Christmas Day." Do I understand correctly that Harmini released a 45-second trailer of a video that's still 10 months from release? Even the big Hollywood sequels don't start trailer-ing actual video that far in advance. OTOH, surely the Christmas Day reference is not a hang-over from a 2013 copy-n-paste job on Eric's part, right?

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

If it presents law enforcement in general in a positive light, then what is the problem?


What is your point since you appear to be editorializing rather than reporting?

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Why is the author of this piece asking questions of his readers that should be asked of the people and authorities directly connected to the agencies involved?

Trying to get holmantx to work for free, again?

cngarci3
cngarci3

If you are going to reference a case please give the full story regarding it. There is nothing more irritating than when media pick and chooses what they write about misinforming and confusing people who will be voting. If this was against policy than let the proper authorities deal with it. If this is the worst she has done as an elected official than I am not too concerned. There are more corrupt, foul elected officials to comment about out there.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

I'm glad she made the video.  It's important for voters to know that she's not just some ordinary constable, but rather one who is driven by her militant Christian values.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

To be fair, the reality show "Police Women of Dallas" follows uniformed DPD officers, a la "Cops," which is clearly for entertainment purposes. Love that show.

davidennman
davidennman

Let's give credit to the in-full-uniform Dallas Police Department officers (caps, utility belts, and POLICE OFFICER jackets) participating in the video.


Looks like this was a full-press law enforcement project.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

If she used "niggah" a couple dozen times, or referenced anal sex and violence towards women, would that be more acceptable "rap"?

In answer to your questions.

No.

Happens frequently.

Even sanitation workers have SWAT teams and militarized trash haulers these days.

Hint: try not to be so easily offended by modern culture.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@dance5678 Here's a lesson: expect in one hand, spit in the other hand, see which one fills up faster.

chrisburgetx
chrisburgetx

@brpd1627 You do realize this is a periodical which carries ads from sex shops and has call girls in the classifieds, right?

davidennman
davidennman

@brpd1627 You do realize you are reading the Dallas Observer, not the Christian Science Monitor, right???

davidennman
davidennman

@brpd1627 Did you ever hear about the concept of the separation of Church and State?

That's why police officers are not allowed to wear crosses or stars or crescents on their uniforms.

davidennman
davidennman

@brpd1627 Jesus was a nice Jewish boy who went into his father's business.


That said, who cares what John Q. Public thinks about Jesus? It's none of your business unless he decides to tell you, and you better not be asking what he thinks of Jesus when you make that traffic stop.

What about the Muslims, Ba'hais, Jews and Hare Krishnas out there? Does there belief in a different religious concept that does not involve worship of someone on a cross mean they are lesser people than your holier than thou crap behavior would accept?

Get over it - not everyone goes to church on Sunday and Wednesday - some go on Friday, some worship on Saturday, and some worship in the park.

davidennman
davidennman

@brpd1627 We have no problem with a non-active peace officer doing something like this.


We do have a problem with on-force active duty peace officers violating their own department's general orders by not seeking department (eg Dallas Police) or County Commissioners Court (eg the constables) approval to wear their uniform with logo in a video that may be for a non-profit group that will still earn money, or just any video.

Just because it was (or was not) a good cause does not relieve an officer of any liability for doing something as stupid as ignoring general orders.

As a taxpayer in Dallas (the City) and Precinct 5 (the county), I resent my peace officers using their uniforms in a movie in order to give a sense of endorsement.

I do not care how professional they are, how much fun they are to work with, it's wrong.

As to appearances in TheFirst48 or Dallas Police Women or Dallas (the show), they were all done with the full approval of the department and city attorney.


ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Probably connected to the irrational fear of overt Christianity, which is ideological diversity and therefore unwelcome in leftdom.

davidennman
davidennman

@CogitoErgoSum In the case of Police Women of Dallas, or First48 Hours, both are approved by the Chief of Police and City Hall. There is insurance coverage, film permits, etc.


Last year or two, Sheriff Valdez wanted to allow a film crew into the jail to shoot a reality show. The Commissioners Court nixed that idea, saying it was an improper use of county property.


In this case, Villareal is doing the same thing without the approval of the Commissioners Court. Wearing your official uniform in a video, which implies approval of the content, is not allowed under any circumstances. And to find DPD officers in uniform also working in the video means he needs DPD approval to participate, and I sincerely doubt that happened.


And god knows about all the other so-called POLICE officers in the videos. Using officially-issued gear for a movie - not a good idea.


ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@ruddski "Hint: try not to be so easily offended by modern culture."-Damn, you're thick as fuck. The issue isn't modern culture, it's violating department policy and improperly merging religion and state. If you like that so much, go to Saudi Arabia, where those two things are acceptable. This America, love it or leave it asshole.Ruddski, the resident idiot of these forums.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@dance5678 @tsualumni07 "...if you want to report a real story about who Harmini really is..." Who the hell cares who Harmini really is? You missed the point completely, and I'm pretty sure you do that a lot.

You see, a story about Harmini was never the intent here, to glamorize some third-rate rapper who's leveraging his fellow cultists' desire to be part of a music video, I mean, evangelize.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

We want titties, man.

brpd1627
brpd1627

@davidennman @brpd1627 I heard about it, but for 8 years I was a Christian cop.  (7 years in Baton Rouge, 9 months in Plano) The government will never dictate my Faith.  I didn't go around forcing my beliefs on anyone and treated everyone I came into contact with with the utmost respect..  I knew that one day that badge may have had to come off for the last time, but my faith would still be firmly intact.  And its my faith in the Lord that saved me from what should have been a fatal car wreck up on Plano 3 years ago.  That badge that I was wearing meant absolutely noting to the department who never paid one visit to my home even though I could barely walk.  The same department that left me going to a food bank monthly and giving plasma 2 times a week just to survive.


They yell integrity yet have none.  Real integrity is standing firm on your morals.  And when wearing a badge, doing what's right.  Even when no one is watching.  Crooked cops get medals, honest ones get persecuted.  That's the America we live in. 

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

It teaches people to accept and forgive the stupidity that your neurons blessed you with.

monstruss
monstruss

@ruddski  It's cool, you can enjoy all the Christian rap in the world. 

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Hey guy with the silly asshole nick, kiss my thick ass, and learn that expression of ideology by a public servant is not establishing religion.

And what, exactly makes you so sure that that expression violates policy?

If you want me to leave America, you can try and make me, asshole.

Ignorant Stalinists don't even know how ignorant they are, this raging asshole is an example.

Asshole.

davidennman
davidennman

@brpd1627

There is no such thing as a Christian Cop. The churches in this country are not allowed to have their own police force on public streets (but they do allow them to organize private police forces to patrol their property, like First Baptist in Dallas).

You are / were a cop who worked for a government agency. You were not hired to prosletize, hand out bibles or preach to traffic offenders while on duty. You were hired to enforce the law in this life, not the next one.

The only problem you have is that a city government did not give you any coverage for an accident. Period. You automatically call them un-christians for not taking your side of the story.


Notice that I do not state whether your side of the story was right or wrong. And I don't care what your faith is either. It's business, and you should have filed an appeal. Just make sure you don't start the first paragraph with "The lord told me to get my money, and you better listen to him."

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@ghkyluhhje

" 1. using government property for private use without permission, 2.merging religion with state"

#1  What government property was being used?  I believe that the constables have to purchase their uniforms (Please correct me if I am mistaken)

#2  There is a public street in the background.  Does that constitute endorsement?

Is the constable identified in the video as being the Dallas County Precinct 3 Constable?  I don't know as I cannot stand rap music.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@the donkey


"How is encouraging brain-dead superstitious nonsense a good thing?"


We were talking about the constable appearing in uniform and why this was a bad thing.


Your opinion on religion is irrelevant.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

 @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  "My question was posed about a Dallas County LEO appearing in a video and why it is a bad thing. So far no one has said anything about why it is a bad thing. "-A), your question was answered, and B) completely irrelevant to the real issues: 1. using government property for private use without permission, 2.merging religion with state

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul @TheCredibleHulk  


How is encouraging brain-dead superstitious nonsense a good thing?


Dipping rancid turds in chocolate sprinkles presents them in a more positive light ... but they'll still taste like rancid turds when you bite into them.


hth.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@ruddski

Your schtick is beyond stale.

Can't you go play checkers with the other people in your ward or something?

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Praise rhesus for all I care.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

It would be interesting to see you prove your thesis, ghgfjkll. Care to try? You can take tips from Myrna.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@ruddski "...the stupidity that your neurons blessed you with." ruddski, just because you have a low IQ doesn't mean everyone else does. Damn, what a dumb fuck you are.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

"It's cool, you can enjoy all the Christian rap in the world."

Why thank you! But I don't really enjoy Christian music, except Hallehuah, ave Maria and a few others. I like some rap, mostly eminem, but the vulgar stuff you get to hear at red lights and gas stations sucks IMHO.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed topcommenter

And the corollary - Better to be judged by 12 than buried by 6.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@ruddski "You tend to wander without actually addressing anything - which is common with people unfamiliar with debate who just want to express pent-up unfocused rage."-Projection much, fucktard?

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

You tend to wander without actually addressing anything - which is common with people unfamiliar with debate who just want to express pent-up unfocused rage.

When you get done throwing your fesces, try and make a specific point to counter a specific point of mine, let's see just how smart you think you are. Or would you prefer to wait until you attain drinking age?

Balls in your court, chimp, don't swallow it.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@ruddski Ha ha, the fucking moron is whining. What's the matter, can't defend your silly ignorant ideas, conservatard? I swear, you're the dumbest mother fucker I've come across in recent memory. And that's amazing, considering I've seen plenty of conservative dumbassas on youtube. You express why conservative mental illness is such a problem in our country.

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