John Wiley Price Shoves Reporters From His Public Office

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price shoved a WFAA reporter and attempted to slam a door on a CBS 11 reporter Wednesday morning while trying to prevent them from entering his road and bridge office at 1506 E. Langdon.

CBS 11 News was at the office with Dallas County Commissioner Maurine Dickey, who was continuing her ongoing search to find unaccounted-for electronic satellite equipment, paid for by the county.

Dickey said she was told the equipment was at the road and bridge district warehouse, but upon arriving, Price – who is under investigation by the FBI – tried to order Dickey and the reporters off the property. When he realized his request would not be complied with, Price called the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.

Dallas County Commissioners Court Administrator Darryl Martin joined the group as Dickey and the reporters proceeded to the front door of the office.

Price allowed Dickey and Martin inside, but then used his forearm to shove WFAA reporter Brett Shipp as he walked into the doorway of the office. Price then pushed the door onto CBS 11 reporter Bud Gillett, swinging and slamming it several times to prevent him from accompanying Dickey inside.

Price screamed that the county office was “private” to which Gillett replied, “This belongs to the public. I’m a member of the public.”

“This is my office,” Price said, looking Shipp right in the eyes. “You’re not allowed in, OK?”

Commissioner Dickey was physically locked inside the office for about two minutes and was unable to leave. She finally exited and said Price would let her inspect the property, but only if the reporters stayed behind.

“I’m not allowed to come in and see this unless you all get off the property, and this is public property, paid for by the taxpayers,” Dickey told reporters. “This is what Commissioner Price says, I’ve never thrown the media off of my road and bridge property.”

Price ultimately led Dickey to several storage units at the far end of the property but none contained the satellite equipment. The climate-controlled storage pods appeared to be filled with non-perishable emergency sundry items like paper towels, handy-wipes and staplers. She filmed the inside of the pods with her smart phone.

“I’m very disturbed that this public property would not allow media on it,” Dickey said. “I just don’t think there are any rules or laws that say that.”

The five pieces of equipment are valued at about $30,000 each. Dickey said she thinks they have been misplaced, lost or never received. No one was injured in the incident, and Price declined to comment afterward.

“The door was locked and I couldn’t unlock the door,” Dickey said of being inside the office with Price and Martin. She also said she never felt physically threatened, adding, “If I were really worried for my safety I wouldn’t be doing any of this.”

Full, unedited video of the entire incident: 

  • Gatorfanatic

    what a stupid excuse for a human being. AND those bozos keep electing him!!

    • tired of the guy

      Serously? I am tired of this guys unprofessonal assuming ways. Act professional, race has nothing to do with it. I am tired of it, act like a man – dont shove or cuss, it shows your immature level. Get rid of this guy already – I am sick of hearing about him…..

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  • Carl

    SOS. if your black you can break the law..a white person would of been arrested for simple assault. this bully/punk has been shoving, assaulting people for years and getting away with it, I hope he finally gets what coming to him now that there’s not a black mayor to protect him.

    • Justica

      Please. Are you stupid or what? Dallas County has been so corrupt have you forgotten all of the minorities that have been exonerated from prison within the last year, thanks to DNA testing that proved their innocence. In America, there exists a visible thing called “white privelege” white folks use it but hate to admit it but EVERYONE knows about it. GET REAL!!!!! GET HONEST!!!!

      • Don'tBelieveDaHype

        I glad someone can see truth.

      • Dave

        White privelege????? What is that? Blacks have the NAACP, can whites have the same? Blacks have the United negro College fund, can whites have the same? If we did we would be called racist! Get real yourself.

    • Michael

      Another big dumb idiot talkin’ out the side of his ass… Carl, please lay off the meth, coffee, and cigarettes….

  • The Dude

    His dishonesty is about to catch up with him…you can fool the voters, you can jack with your fellow County Commissioners. The FBI DON’T play. Pretty soon, he’ll be just another inmate.

  • Guest

    Immature racist that thinks he can say and do anything he wants to do.. WRONG thats public property paid by all of the people of Dallas CO anyone can walk on it. What a arrogant sob he is entitled to nothing and is only voted on not because of benefit to society but because of the color of his skin. If he was benefiting his district (district 3) it would not be the areas that have the highest drop out rates, highest crime rates, high teen pregnacy rates, high number of constituents on government assistance, and the list goes on. How about doing something for your district JWP instead of hating everyone who isnt black and acting immature. I hope the FBI sticks it to you and someone like Sheila Jackson Lee takes your spot someone who does not use race or power as an issue, complaint, or excuse for everything!

    • RR Worker

      You are wrong about Lee, she is as bad or worse than JWP, she perpetuates the very things you listed in you post

    • Genial

      No, no; not Sheila; she’s as bad as they come!

    • Steven W.

      Anyone can walk on it, huh? Does that apply to the police station too? How about the mayor’s office? Can you just walk in there any-old-time you want?

      Please try it, just for me. Please! Be sure to tell them it’s public property!

      • Genial

        Why are you guys defending this thug?

      • RussP

        Why yes, you can walk into a police station or city hall any time it’s open for business. The mayor’s office on the other hand is his private space even though it’s city property. Price was keeping them out of the building, not his personal office.

    • Mike

      You are obviously abusing meth… Sheila Lee is just as bad, idiot.

  • RR Worker

    While he does need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for assaulting the two men and throwing them off of public property, the mayor couldn’t protect him anyway. The mayor has nothing to do with county employees and supposedly has no influence on them because they are two totally different entities. I think the van he tore the windshield wipers off of years ago should have run him over and then backed up to make sure.

  • Chaz

    I imagine Price will be in prison in due time. Long overdue.

  • looking4work

    Lets see, If I shoved JWP I would be in jail. It’s amazing how the so called wanna be County Politicians can get away with assaulting people. Dissapointed in the reporter for not filing assault on him. Thats why JWP continues to act like a fool cause no one does anything to him. I didn’t know that our tax dollars bought JWP a whole private road and bridge district office. Last time I checked it was public property.

    • larry

      No sir If you shoved JWP you probably would be in the hospital. He is a 7th degree blackbelt.LOL

      • Genial

        In one view of this on TV, he threatened to “..split your throat..” of a reporter who approached him.

      • Fred

        Don’t say BLACKbelt, JWP will say that is racist.

  • Ndoorfin

    He knows he’s headed for Club Fed and it was just a matter of time before he cracked –nothing new here, he’s always done politics by intimidation and no one will stand up to him including african americans. At least when he hopefully gets locked up someday it’ll be the end of having to hear his loud mouth and obnoxious behavior—-gee…other black politicos,the church pastors that stand behind and the stupid people that elect him must really be proud of this idiot and the way he conducts himself–what a joke.

    • ThinkB4Utalk

      Love how it’s always the black community’s fault when it’s a black politician being an idiot. Can we start pinning it on the white community when it’s one of the white politicians getting their actions ousted? Career politician are corrupt, it’s not a black or white thing, it’s a politician thing. Just so you know that race card is two-sided.

      • Honestly You Should Think.

        But people do pin it on the white community. It’s called the argument of white privilege and The Man.

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  • grahawk

    JWP…”Why Y’all Pickin’ On Me?”. nuff said, POS for decades… To use a lib name…”THUG”.

  • RussP

    I hope Brett Shipp and Bud Gillet have filed assault charges against Price. I’m sure Price would if he was treated the same way.

    • glorysun

      Unfortunately no charges have been filed :(.

  • TravlnTxn

    JWP is a nothing more than a flashy, hot-headed, THUG, who does more polarizing than good! Shame on those in his district who continue to support him. He is NOT “your Saviour”! Grow up.

  • Shove???

    Just watched the video, that wasn’t a shove, that was a hit and that’s assault. I would file charges if I were that guy. I don’t know JWP, a year ago I probably couldn’t of picked him out of a line up. But I think we are now seeing the REAL JWP. He is obviously mad and embarrassed about something he doesn’t want us to find out.

  • Carl

    File Charges on that P.O.S. Racist,Bully,Thief, Thug !
    Typical politician, does what ever he wants, lies,cheats, steals and pushes, knocks down anyone that gets in his way..
    Throw his dirty rear end Under the Jail !
    Think I’ll organize a prayer vigil and help send this Devil to Jail !
    can I get an Amen ?

  • C Bauer

    Gee, why so nervous, Johnny?

  • Jesse

    The equipment is probably in the Road and Bridge at Harry Hines Blvd and Market Center Drive. There is a large warehouse in the back with a lot of furniture and computers among other items. I did some community service there this spring and they only allow a selected few in the warehouse.

  • Lycos

    He is a racist and needs to be removed from office. People act the way he does when they are trying to hide something.

  • Frank Junio

    it was the reporters who instigated the confrontation.The way i saw it and blew up the picture frame by frame the two reporters started kicking away at his shoes and legs while coming through the door.then,before the HONORABLE JWP even had a chance to defend himself,one reporter raked him across the face with a foreign object,,the other attack reporter shoved him into the door and Price fell to the ground.Both reporters started kicking away at him and one grabbed a handful of hair So what was JWP sopposed to do????Stand there and take this abuse?Watch the replay,you’ll see

    • Dave N.

      I hope your comments were in jest? If not sounds like another JWP supporter!

      • Frank Junio

        Don’t worry!!!! This is the way he and his supporters would see the situation,using a few wrestling terms of course.People like him will say this is all trick photography !!! HE will convince everyone he is a victim!!!!!!!

  • Preraph

    Oh, the irony. All during the ’90s, WFAA and other stations as well, acted like JWP was the only black in town. Every time there was need for a comment on issues, he was called on to represent the black perspective, it seems. My only question is why it took this long for the law to catch up to him. If the press hadn’t been cowtowing to him all those years, we might have shaved 10 years of corruption off our city government.

  • David

    Police were notified, and JWP still doesn’t face assault charges? If Brett Shipp and Bud Gillet fail to do so, then the city or state should press charges. JWP is a disgrace to Dallas.

  • Grey Ghost

    The people of Dallas should certainly be proud the way some of their officials behave. Surely Mr. Shipp is going to file charges on Mr. Congeniality.

  • Jwargo

    hang him with rope at the court house….maybe the rest would get the msg then! A lot of stupid people out there…

    • ThinkB4Utalk

      Who are the rest?? With your ‘hang him with rope’ comment sounds like you mean other blacks?

      • darrell

        Think, you crack me up. prime example of the social environment you inhabit. ive allways wondered one thing though. are blacks born with a built in “race card” and a chip on their shoulder or do they get it attached when they get home?

      • david

        I would mean other crooks not blacks. Corruption knows no color. So hang his azz.

    • ThinkB4Utalk

      Hope you meant other politicians

      • harry larry

        Darrell you need to get a grip. Blacks lash out about race simply because of how they have been treated. They are just reciprocating what they have experienced

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