No one in this dispute has a shred of credibility left. Not the commissioners who recently approved the copying of the hard drive of one the constables. Not the district attorney who has been coy about whether his office is investigating. Not the constables who suddenly have signed towing contracts that a few weeks earlier supposedly didn't exist. And certainly not the towing company, which the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is investigating for possible administrative violations.
There are lots of words to describe this debacle. Straight shooting isn't one of them.
In a recent reader poll, 67% of Grits readers thought constables' offices should be abolished (though the Texas Association of Counties disagreed).
About the only positive you can say about the fiasco in Dallas is that it's re-raised debate over just what the hell these obscure, antiquated offices are doing in the modern era. In larger counties like Dallas where, unregulated and unaccountable, they've taken on workaday policing duties, the short answer IMO is "tasks that should be performed by someone else."