Mind the "OT" in the header and don't read any further if you're gonna whine about lack of guitar content. Setting: Dallas, Texas. Dallas PD hired their first African-American chief of police in 1999. Chief Terrell Bolton was "skip promoted" while an officer. What that means is that he was a sergeant and got promoted straight to assistant chief, passing the ranks of lieutenant, captain and deputy chief in the process. He has absolutely no skills as a police administrator. The city of Dallas has the highest crime rate per capita in the USA for 6 years in a row (that's every year the new chief has been in office). But the chief claims that "crime is down" because the *numbers* of crimes committed are down versus ten years ago. What he seems unable to understand is that numbers of crimes are down nationwide, but that the crime *rate* is higher than every other city in the US. This chief has been in the middle of one boondoggle after another. The Dallas County DA's office won't even talk to him (they think he's a joke), he kicked the FBI out of the interagency programs with the DPD because the FBI had investigated him before he was appointed chief, the police unions (except, of course, the black union) think he's a joke, department morale is down, crime is up, etc. All in the name of diversity. And now a story about how well the reverse discrimination (affirmative action) hiring program is working for the Dallas Police Department. FYI, affirmative action has sent droves of veteran officers to the suburbs and deflected droves of qualified, but white, candidates to the suburbs. Suburban police departments are getting the cream while DPD hires the dregs. In June of 2000, Derrick Evans, a black man, applied to the Dallas police department. He stated on his application that he had never been arrested. He was admitted to the academy. While in the academy the DPD learned that he had been arrested for public intoxication. Lying on an application is grounds for immediate dismissal from the academy, and the academy commanders recommended that he be dismissed. A Hispanic commander under the chief and the black chief overruled and Evans was allowed to remain in the academy. As a police recruit, while Evans was still in the academy his name came up as a suspect in a murder investigation (the victim was an acquaintance of the recruit's girlfriend and the recruit was placed in the area having a confrontation with the victim the night of the murder). Homicide investigators and internal affairs investigators had recruit Evans take a polygraph exam (which is standard procedure for any recruit or officer under investigation) and they questioned him about the murder. To the question "Did you kill Simuel Huey, Jr." the officer answered "No" and his answer was found to be "not truthful". However, there was no physical evidence to charge the recruit with in the murder. Investigators recommended that the recruit be terminated. Chief Bolton's staff overruled and the recruit was allowed to remain and graduate from the academy. His failed polygraph was common knowledge in the department, a real morale booster for all of the good officers in the department. A few weeks ago officer Evans' stepdaughter came home and said that some kids had beat her up. Rather than call a marked unit to meet him there officer Evans rounded up 15 relatives, armed with baseball bats and screwdrivers, and drove to the scene of the alleged fight. Upon arrival, officer Evans, wearing baggy pants, a muscle shirt and his badge around his neck and walking with his pistol in his hand, confronted the crowd. The situation escalated. Officer Evans claims that a 19 year old pointed a gun at him so he fired at the 19 year old several times, striking him once. A few days ago the Dallas Morning News learned that in addition to his arrest for being drunk and his failing a polygraph that asked him if he committed murder, officer Evans was twice the subject of an emergency restraining order placed on him by a judge when his ex-wife sought relief from his assaults. He failed to mention this in is application according to police officials, and the Dallas police would have the public believe that they were unable to find out this information that the DMN discovered using only public records. When the DMN confronted the chief with this info the chief ordered the officer into an IA meeting, which lasted 14 hours and cost the taxpayers thousands, and fired the officer at 6:30 on Saturday. The chief only fired the officer because the paper threatened to run the story and the chief wanted to fire the officer before the story ran. They claim that they fired him for displaying his weapon in a manner that would alarm the public. Now the local papers, the police, the city council, the "community leaders", just about everyone in Dallas is asking "how could this happen"? Yet nobody will say the words "affirmative action". The DPD had numerous chances to fire this guy and had damn good reasons every time. Why didn't they fire him? The DPD is turning away white applicants while breaking the rules to retain black applicants who have an arrest history and fail polygraphs about murdering people. Celebrate diversity.