Eiserer's story concludes with an especially fascinating account that suggests Sundquist's lying wasn't just malfeasance by a single officer but actually part of a pattern attributed to his entire unit:
In the mid-1990s, Sundquist and other patrol officers were known among prosecutors as the "Bushmen," a reference to the group's fondness for hiding in bushes when conducting surveillance on suspected drug houses in South Dallas.
Colleen Murphy, a prosecutor, testified in Sundquist's 1995 appeal of his firing that some prosecutors didn't want to work with the "Bushmen" because their cases "were just totally unbelievable."
"They'd see amazing things in the middle of the night with no lights, from far distances," she testified.
Internal police investigators found that Sundquist had conducted an illegal search. They also concluded that Sundquist lied to them, finding among other things that he couldn't have seen what he claimed to have seen when he said that a man was standing in a doorway with a bag of cocaine.
"I found numerous flaws in their testimony and very shoddy arrest reports," Sgt. Jose Losoya told internal investigators. "These omissions or flaws could prove disastrous in a court case. As it was, it gave the impression that the officers were falsifying their reports to get drug dealers at all costs."
After he was fired, prosecutors issued the first letter barring him from further court testimony. An administrative law judge subsequently reinstated Sundquist and reduced the punishment to a 40-day suspension. ...
Sundquist then worked in the communications division for about three years, receiving high marks. He eventually returned to patrol duties and was promoted to sergeant in 2002.
Senior police officials say that over time, the squad Sundquist supervised morphed into a de facto narcotics unit, frequently tasked with working drug activity complaints. Commanders instructed them to no longer work such cases earlier this year.
My question: How could anybody with a brain put this guy in charge of a unit working narcotics in 2002, which is the year AFTER the "fake drug" scandal broke at the Dallas PD?
In that egregious case, Dallas' official narcotics unit was caught collaborating with crooked informants who packaged pool chalk faked to look like cocaine in order to to set up illegal immigrants on felony charges. Combined with this tale about the testilying "Bushmen," history is beginning to cast an especially ugly light on Dallas drug enforcement during the mid to late '90s, and Sundquist's advancement in the department provides little evidence they've appointed leaders capable of changing the culture that led to that ugly scandal.
Dallas has released 19 innocent men so far based on DNA evidence, but 24 innocent people were set up in the Dallas "fake drug" scandal, and God knows how many innocent people the "Bushmen" put away.