Nearly two years ago, before she became mayor of Dallas, Laura Miller left a message for a police official saying that the city needed a new police chief, the Dallas Morning News reports. Last week, City Manager Ted Benavides fired Chief Terrell Bolton, citing a list of disagreements and questionable decisions. Benavides said that he did not consult with the mayor before concluding that a change was needed.
The Morning News quotes Glenn White, president of the Dallas Police Association, as saying that the mayor is intent on destroying the police department. White knew that Miller wanted to replace Bolton, but he did not think she could accomplish that because only the city manager can hire or fire the chief. The former chief has asked for a written explanation of his termination.
Bolton’s firing prompted protests from some blacks and talk of recalling the mayor, the Morning News says. Bolton has voiced support for a recall effort, which would require 72,000 signatures in 60 days. Some black leaders plan to march to city hall today.