In their letter, DPA president Brian Pinkston wrote, "No longer does the DPA only focus on better pay and benefits" but also advocates "polices" to make the department "more effective and efficient" at promoting public safety. At the Lege, that meant promoting the expansion of wiretapping authority. In Dallas, that means opposing limits on high-speed chases aimed at reducing injuries to officers and civilians and now, opposing body cameras and management-backed changes to training in the wake of unjustified shootings. Reported Eiserer:
Pinkston, who became president about two years ago, wrote that the association has “tried to work with DPD management” and “stood by management on many occasions, including the Southwest drug debacle and the botched handling of the South Dallas rapist.”Well, naturally DPA didn't mind when the department was recalcitrant about punishing officers who lied in police reports and in court. They're the ones whose job it is to try and prevent the department from disciplining bad actors! And it hardly affords the union extra credit if they failed to criticize the chief for not wanting to publicly vilify somebody for rapes he did not commit. What's really going on here is that DPA "stands by" management when they agree with them (or when they don't have a dog in the fight), and play the bully when management behave like managers and discipline or fire officers who don't follow the rules.
The “drug debacle” is clearly a reference to the controversy surrounding the failure of police commanders to launch an investigation into the conduct of two Southwest patrol officers once they became aware of misconduct surrounding a botched drug raid. Brown lightly punished two deputy chiefs for their handling of the situation. The department’s second in command also recently admitted that he mishandled the situation when he, too, became aware of the allegations of misconduct involving the two officers.
In the case of the South Dallas rapist, [Chief David] Brown came under intense criticism because the department didn’t more quickly notify the public about a series of rapes and for releasing the name of a “person of interest” who turned not to have had anything to do with the attacks.
This is pure demagoguery on DPA's part. Hopefully DPD management and the city council will see it for what it is.