Interim Dallas Mayor Sues To Block Open Records Requests

By Bud Gillett, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Interim Mayor Dwaine Caraway is staying mum about his lawsuit against state Attorney Gen. Greg Abbot that aims to block the release of some potentially embarrassing information related to a police call to his home earlier this year.

On Monday, the typically approachable and outspoken Caraway was in no mood to talk.

“That’s in the lawyer’s hands now,” he said of the lawsuit.

Just last week, his wife, state legislator Barabara Mallory-Caraway (D – Dallas), was firmly behind him at his first official City Hall meeting as mayor since Tom Leppert resigned to run for the U.S. Senate.

But police were called to their home in some sort of an apparent domestic incident in January. Caraway went directly to DPD Chief David Brown and asked for him to handle the call.

As such, Caraway avoided the 911 emergency system all together, so no record of what happened is in the public domain. Not even a police report.

CBS 11 and five other area news outlets asked the Texas Attorney General to force the city to release the information under the open records law. Abbott agreed.

On Friday, Caraway sued to block the AG’s opinion, citing “the common law right to privacy.” It further claims the U.S. Constitution “protects individual privacy rights of an individual in avoiding the disclosure of personal matters to the public.”

However, it makes no mention that Caraway is a public figure and an elected official. Councilman Tennell Atkins defended the interim mayor, saying he is just exercising his freedom of speech.

“It’s a personal issues and that’s his right,” Atkins said. “Whatever he wants to do, that’s his right to do it.”

When asked if it was affecting the council’s or the mayor’s performance in any way, Atkins said “I’m not looking at that, I’m just looking at that’s a personal issue.”

Abbott’s office has not been served and has no comment on the suit. If Caraway’s appeal is allowed to stand, it could be tied up in civil court for months, long after a new mayor is elected and installed in June at Dallas City Hall.

While he is not running for mayor in the council elections in May, Caraway has filed for reelection to his current council seat.


One Comment

  1. darrell says:

    thats abuse of power. he is no longer qualified to be mayor. fire him.

  2. mark says:

    Is it proper for the Chief of Police to agree to “handle it” without creating a police report? And can private citizens take this avenue? If not, then he wasn’t making the request as a private citizen, but using his position as a public official, right?

  3. Jim says:

    If he can not abide by the same rules as other citizens, he must step down as interim mayor, period.

  4. William Pontius says:

    Abuse or Public Offcial, he needs to open the action to the public, because he HANDLES PUBLIC NEEDS!

  5. Hemroidious says:

    Cry and moan all you want. This is the way it is and will be.

    1. TXANDROS says:

      Think so? Wait and see.

  6. Clutch says:

    Who gives a rats ass!

  7. Ed says:

    Gee whiz, and he is such a quality guy.

  8. Bill says:

    Dallas is as Dallas does. Glad I live in Fort Worth

  9. Elmo says:

    white folk always crying calling any black person with bad publicity a criminal….charlie sheen for mayor he is a real stand up white guy…the epitome of white people!!!!!!!

    1. maggie says:

      you’re a jerk. How about Michael Vick?

    2. Christy says:

      Charlie Sheen isn’t our Mayor so where is the comparison?

    3. Realist says:

      “White folk”? Charlie Sheen is the epitome of white people? Ridiculous. Typical Caraway supporter. Nice job, Detroit, er, Dallas.

    4. Joe says:

      Charlie Sheen is actually Spanish. His real name is Carlos Estevez. Stop crying race every time a black person tries to sidestep the law. Either he wants to be a public servant and follow the same laws the rest of us are required to or he can quit. End of argument.

  10. olpap says:

    well there ya go. marion barry all over again …. caught on video tape and still denied it. consider who is whining ….

  11. Armed Resoonse says:

    He looks liked he just smelled a fart….

  12. Hemroidious says:

    Ok. I have a new name for him. ” Kingfish Caraway “. Ain’t nothin stickin to them slimey scales.

  13. Christy says:

    The disturbance was caused by his wife catching him in a compromising situation with two men. That’s a fact.

    1. les says:

      he does look a little sweet.

  14. steven says:

    What do you mean what about Mike Vick? He was a man who made a mistake and then atoned for said mistake. Isn’t that what our legal system is for the reformation of criminals. That’s what saddens me, that people who are rational and forgiving about everything else think that once you’re guilty of something your are guilty of it no matter what you do to make up for it. I think that you’re the jerk!!!

    1. TXANDROS says:

      And I bet you’re just as passionate about all the other criminals out there, right? You’re a hypocrite. If he wasn’t a celebrity you wouldn’t give a rat’s ass about him either. Your values are a joke.

  15. Hemroidious says:

    Thank God ! I thought it was something serious.

  16. steven says:

    If you’re losing, then who is the world is winning?

  17. NoObamaIn2012 says:

    obama jr…. duh-wayne…… above the rules since they are only for everyone but him….

  18. Realist says:

    These guys are morons. Dallas “leadership” is starting to look a lot like Washington DC’s. And that is not a compliment. Corrupt, ignorant morons.

  19. e2 says:

    If it quacks, its a duck.

  20. Paul says:

    Dallas leadership is like Washington DC. Cover their ass’s, with lie’s and political favors.
    I’m personally sick of this political correctness toward blacks across this country. its time to take our country back and quit giving in to this one sided madness.
    If he can’t be open about public records, HOW can he lead the Dallas city consul and city business. That why Dallas city business leaders are a joke.

  21. LaMonte says:

    Take your country back????? Take it to where? You probably are country and nobody wants to come out there but you and your kinfolk.

  22. TXANDROS says:

    Carriedaway is already out of control and thinking he’s above the law. Why am I not surprised? Sucks for you Dallas folks.

  23. Fat Albert says:

    how can you trust a guy who looks like mush mouth?howba youba doobin…lol

  24. donald dillon says:

    Bkacks. BLACKS as a hole are a joke. they cannot do nothing right. just look at the Dallas mayor. the big guy in the white house. there actions speak loud!

  25. Dallas Dave says:

    Smug looking ass..

  26. Rick McDaniel says:

    It is sad to see this kind of person in the Mayor’s chair, in Dallas.

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