El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen got himself in trouble with some of our elected officials this weekend when he called Black Lives Matter a “radical hate group.” From the Times:
U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, County Judge Veronica Escobar and other El Paso area leaders are urging the mayor and the City Council to repudiate Police Chief Greg Allen’s comments calling Black Lives Matter “a radical hate group” and saying the attack on Dallas police “is due to their efforts.”
Which makes me wonder: To whom does the Chief of Police answer?
Remember when he ordered the imposition of martial law over parts of El Paso because the Pope was visiting Juarez? When City Council questioned the advisability of that draconian measure, he got all primma dona.
A defensive El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen told City Council on Monday that he was not going to change the safety plan his department had established about two weeks ago that calls for South El Paso to be closed to vehicles and pedestrians on Feb. 17.
If council wanted to stray from the plan, it would be “at your own risk,” Allen said.
He also said he felt the city was questioning his judgment by placing the item on Monday’s special meeting agenda.
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“If I failed you, you should have let me know,” he said.
Well, maybe now it’s time to question his judgement.
In a novel departure, the El Paso Times also asked a school board member her opinion.
[Susie] Byrd, a former City Council member, said, “The Police Department has traditionally reached out to the community, participated with the community and made it clear that if police officers act outside of policies, outside of the law and outside of the values of this community, that they would be held accountable.”
Oh, that’s right. She used to be on City Council.
Perhaps Ms. Byrd forgot about Danny Saenz, the handcuffed prisoner who was shot in the sallyport of the County Jail by El Paso Police Officer Jose Flores. Officer Flores got fired. If getting fired is the accountability for executing a handcuffed prisoner, Chief Allen will probably get a raise for his intemperate remarks.