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Judge Denies Injunction Blocking Caraway Police Records

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Dwaine Caraway assumed the position of Dallas Mayor when former mayor Tom Leppert stepped down prior to the end of his term. (credit: The Office of Dwaine Caraway)

Dwaine Caraway assumed the position of Dallas Mayor when former mayor Tom Leppert stepped down prior to the end of his term. (credit: The Office of Dwaine Caraway)

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – On Tuesday, a district judge denied an injunction and a restraining order filed by Dallas interim Mayor Dwaine Caraway that would block the release of police records related to a domestic incident that happened at his home on January 2.

State District Judge Teresa Guerra Snelson issued a two-week temporary restraining order on March 8 that stopped the City of Dallas from releasing the tape. She denied extending it Tuesday afternoon. It expired at midnight.

Caraway then requested an injunction to block the records, which Snelson also denied.

The records, which include at least a taped interview and notes taken at the scene, will be released Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m., said city spokesman Frank Librio.

Dallas police were called to Caraway’s home on January 2 to deal with a domestic disturbance. Caraway told the court that he and his wife had a heated argument after a group of friends left his home when a Dallas Cowboys game ended.

Caraway called the incident embarrassing, intimate and private. Instead of calling 911, the interim mayor called Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who sent investigators to his home. Caraway told the court on Tuesday that he only called the chief as a friend, and did not want police sent to his home.

Caraway was questioned in a vehicle that night and his answers were recorded, unbeknownst to him, he said. “The additional statements, not knowing I was being recorded, I would’ve never said,” Caraway said. “It’s personal to myself and my wife.”

Caraway filed suit against the city after Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled that the tape should be released.

Caraway was mayor pro tem when he succeeded Tom Leppert as mayor, upon Leppert’s resignation to run for the U.S. Senate. Caraway is not running in the May 14 election to fill the post permanently.

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