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Dallas Chief Shames Disciplined Employees on Twitter, Facebook

January 10, 2014  | 

Chief David O. Brown of the Dallas Police Department has been publicly shaming disciplined employees on social media. Brown gives brief accounts of the discipline on his Twitter account and adds more details on his Facebook page. Each firing or demotion is followed by the reminder about appeals.

Vocativ says this is how he fired 27 employees in 2013. Despite criticism of his use of full names and apparent guilty-until-the-appeal attitude, Brown hasn't backpedaled,  Gawker reports.

Comments (13)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 1/12/2014 12:16 PM

Discipline should always be done personally and privately the same as it is done in school with our children and obviously this Chief was poorly trained and should never have been allowed to hold such a high office. I think Chief Brown would make a perfect test case for the Fraternal Order of Police and the ACLU. It was always my understanding that under the US Constitution all people including Police Officers are presumed innocent until proven guilty but Chief Brown does not believe in these Constitutional rights.

Serpico @ 1/12/2014 7:12 PM

The ACLU helps Illegal Aliens break laws, LEO Unions and School Unions are Governed by Communists. I don't see the ACLU abide the Bill of Rights of US Contusion? Far from it. They seek to give rights that don't exist to Non Citizens, Law Breakers, Sexual Deviants etc. etc. I don't agree with what Chief Brown did. But the ACLU judges Americans as GUILTY until proven innocent! It sides constantly, with Anti-American Hard Left Crypocommunists who claim to be "progressive". Who shames people who don't INFORCE IMMGRATION LAWS ON THE BOOKS?! Like O and Bush II? Who shames those who make their own "laws" in office, like a third world dictator. Instead of those who live by Laws and JUSTICE?

Steve Rothstein @ 1/12/2014 8:15 PM

I disagree with what the Chief did, but it was not wrong either. The officers had all been tried and found guilty by the agency's administrative discipline program, same as anyone tried and found guilty in court but pending an appeal. In addition, I would point out that all police discipline, at least in Texas, is public record. Anyone can get this information and post it and many newspapers do.

My only question is if the Chief made a factual statement of the accusation and his finding or if he worded it in such a manner as to embarrass the officers further than as necessary. A news reporting style report is not "shaming", but making the record public.

It goes along with the saying of not doing the crime if you can't do the time.

Doc @ 1/14/2014 1:05 AM

That Chief should be Fired for putting info on the internet that could result in a lawsuit. Just because he wants to kick someone when they are down, maybe he needs to see what it's like, because this seems like a personal vendetta. He needs to Grow up and be a man, or go away.
Just think what would happen to an Officer that posted such things.

cop @ 1/14/2014 4:13 AM

This is no way correct thing to do regardless of dirty bad cops getting fired. It does makes anyone look good. The department is what suffers the most, if he thinks that the public see this a good thing he is absolutely wrong. It is on the same level of a couple airing their dirty laundry on social media. I feel he is doing only for his benefit and not for the department as a whole. The public has a right to know we take care of bad cops, but the more the public hear about bad and dirty cops, even if they are getting fired, only makes it harder for the good cops the interact and have the publics trust. This effects us all. Bad call chief.

kevcop @ 1/14/2014 5:24 AM

I assume that the cops had their day in the internal justice system of the department. This being said I agree that once that has been dealt with the chief is being unprofessional at the least and civilly liable at the worst by the way he conducted himself. Let the system work, keep your personally opinion out of it, be professional chief and stop playing for the press to keep your job. I also hope that those officers were in need of firing and that was the right thing to do for the public, but also do the right thing chief and keep your mouth shut after you haver done your job. I suspect that your kind of administrator would be the first to condemn any rank and file officer that did the same thing and probably look to either discipline of even fire him or her. Grow up chief.

Boston @ 1/14/2014 5:32 AM

The pitfalls of social media. How people get into these positions? The Chief using social media to expose personal problems in his department This guy has no business running a department with a twisted mind. This is not the way to instill harmony and trust in any line of business. Dallas politicians should be asking for his reasons and resignation. This will backlash on Dallas someone will take legal action.

Vincenzino @ 1/14/2014 6:44 AM

That punk deserves a smack.

S.S. @ 1/14/2014 8:23 AM

Sounds like this chief is a glory hound, and all he's doing is looking for attention. No matter at what cost. Good job chief, ever wonder what your officers think of you? Hope you never need backup.

Lenny @ 1/14/2014 9:39 AM

Well good for him.
A great precedent.

Johnny Law @ 1/14/2014 11:22 AM

What an idiot of a chief! Firing 27 officers and then hanging the dirty laundry out for everyone to see.......hummm you are the chief, responsible for your officers so when a large number screw up and have to be fired you put it on social media so everyone knows that you hired idiots and have an out of control department that you are in charge of. WOW, talk about letting everyone know how incompetent of a leader you are and that you are hiring misfits. Way to go chief, you got your name in the papers! HA HA HA!!!

Capt. Crunch @ 1/14/2014 11:51 AM

A chief is supose to set a good example for his/her police officers not a bad example. This chief should be fired.

George @ 1/14/2014 4:07 PM

Hostile work environment probably exists with the onduty operations also.

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