FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead is retiring, according to police sources. They told CBS 11 news he’s leaving due to pressure.
In talks with CBS 11 news, Halstead has repeatedly expressed frustrations he has experienced doing his job. Most recently, he said, “Each time I slay a dragon, another one comes up.”
Halstead has dealt with some controversy during the last 6 years he has served as chief.
In 2009, officers raided Fort Worth’s Rainbow Lounge, and used excessive force inside the popular gay bar. Halstead had served as chief a mere 6 months when it happened. He was forced to make changes as a result of the incident.
“”You depend on police to be your savior and you call them in your time of need and for them to come out and do something like that it makes you take a step back and wonder if you are safe,” said Rainbow Lounge general manager, Jose Montanez. He agreed it’s time for Halstead to step down. “I think it’s probably going to be better,” he said.
Some community leaders have said Halstead stopped working with them long ago.
“He quit before he started,” said community leader, Reverend Kyev Tatum.
Other community leaders called for Halstead’s resignation in 2011 after a controversial officer involved shooting.
The president of the Fort Worth Black Law Enforcement Officers’ Association called for Chief Halstead to step down in August of this year amid allegations of racial discrimination.
“What this chief has done in this community is probably created the biggest breach of trust between the African American community and law enforcement,” said Rev. Tatum.
The Fort Worth police department hasn’t released a formal announcement yet.
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