DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Chief David Brown of the Dallas Police Department briefs the city’s Public Safety Committee on a regular basis, and will do it again at 11:00 a.m. on Monday. But this time, the move follows what some are calling a coup at Dallas City Hall.
In a memo obtained last week, Mayor Mike Rawlings stated that, he believes, some council members were breaking the law as they arranged a secret meeting aimed at ousting Brown.
It is known that three Dallas city councilmen got together during a private meeting with city manager A.C. Gonzalez. The topic during this meeting was Brown’s performance. Gonzalez is Brown’s direct boss. The chairman of the Public Safety Committee is Adam Medrano, one of the councilmen who was in the secret meeting. City council member explained that the meeting was more about police officer morale.
Rawlings claimed that the private meeting was inappropriate and illegal. Some councilmembers disagree. “I think this is born over the concern about the direction of DPD, that’s the real story here,” explained city councilman Philip Kingston. “They have the highest budget they’ve had. They got the most sworn officers they’ve ever had. Yet, crime is going up and so are response times.”
Despite the meeting, Brown’s job is not on the line. Gonzalez has issued a statement saying that he has faith in the police chief, and Rawlings echoed that sentiment on Twitter.
“I think we have a good chief of police,” added councilman Adam McGough. “We’re going after the same goals that he has, we’re going to come around on this horseshoe and get together on resolving any of those issues. I mean, the goals are to help better serve our community, and that’s what we’re going to do, together.”