Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle fired four officers yesterday: Two are accused of driving drunk. One allegedly exposed himself to a woman. One didn’t tell his superiors about a colleague’s threats to embarrass a TV reporter. It’s part of a campaign to change the culture in a department of nearly 3,000 officers, reports the Dallas Morning News. “It’s the most unfair thing I’ve ever seen the department do,” said Sgt. Bob Crider, who was fired for failing to tell supervisors about threatening statements made by another officer.
Last week, Kunkle launched his extraordinary housecleaning effort with the firing of two sergeants and three officers who had been accused of misconduct. The chief says he’s determined to improve the department’s troubled image and show the rank and file that no officer is above the law. More firings are expected next week. A recent city charter amendment will probably make it harder for employees to get their firings or discipline overturned. The charter now says that the disciplinary action should be upheld “if a reasonable person could have taken the same disciplinary action against the employee.”