Officers Not Taking Kindly To Chief’s Tweet Prior To Dismissal

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Police Chief David Brown isn’t backing away from a twitter message that has an attorney for some fired officers fired up.

On Friday, prior to a number of internal affairs hearings, Chief Brown sent a tweet saying, “I’ve got a really tough day ahead… Not looking forward to the decisions I will have to make on some officers careers.”

An attorney for some of the fired officers says the message suggests that the chief went into those hearings with his mind already made up.

On Saturday, at a ‘Chief on the Beat’ community visit, the chief addressed the criticism.  “Without presupposing that my decision has already been made, basically the statement that I wrote is an indication that it was a tough decision. I wasn’t looking forward to it, and I stand by that.”

The chief’s twitter message went on to ask for suggestions for a “good blues song” to add to his play list.

Chris Livingston, an attorney for some of the disciplined officers took offense at the message, telling CBS 11, “It was dismissive and basically flippant the way that he was dealing with the lives of these officers.”

Six police officers were fired following the hearings– including two accused of fabricating drug evidence that forced the District Attorney to dismiss dozens of cases.

Some of the fired officers have said they plan to use the Chief’s twitter message as basis for an appeal.  “They are due their right to appeal as part of our process,” says Chief Brown. “We stand by our decision, … as tough as it was, and as much as I didn’t look forward to it, I stand by that decision.”

With or without that twitter message as possible ammunition, civil service rules allow officers to appeal disciplinary actions.

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