Saturday, February 11, 2012

Re-Victimization and “Disappearing” Scandals: Dallas PD Revolutionizes Crime-Fighting Through Wholesale Stashing, “Unfounding,” & Ignoring Complaints


Former Dallas PD Det. Mickey East—disgraced, or just one of the usual suspects?

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Dallas police say Detective Mickey East improperly stored thousands of family violence case files at home and never contacted hundreds of victims.

[Previously, at WEJB/NSU:

“‘Disappearing’ Urban Crime”; and

“De-Policing in America’s Cities: Erasing the ‘Thin Blue Line.’”]

In Re-Victimization Scandal, DPD Detective Mickey East Resigns After Almost 40 Years on the Job; East Improperly Stored 2,274 Case Files at Home; His Negligence Caused 508 Cases in Which Victim was Hurt Again by Same Suspect, but His Behavior was Business as Usual

It looks like the guy got in over his head, and adopted a proprietary attitude towards the unit’s cases, assuming he wasn’t a one-man unit, in which case all bets are off, and it’s his supe’s fault for expecting the impossible. Or is he being scapegoated for engaging in a department-wide practice?

Dallas Morning News reporter Tanya Eiserer wrote about this case in 2009, but her stories are gone in the ether.

It seems that the Dallas PD has developed novel methods of “reducing” crime through the non-investigation of complaints, and then labeling the complaints “unfounded.” (Shades of the Philly PD, but skipping the investigatory phase saves labor.) It also “reduced” car burglaries by ignoring car-burglary claims, a story broken by Eiserer and Steve Thompson.

The Dallas PD doesn’t get enough credit. It is clearly a modern-style police agency, the likes of which would do William Bratton and Ray Kelly proud.

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Dallas Police Detective Quits After Accusations of Case Mishandling
500 instances of re-victimization attributed to improperly stored case files
Associated Press/NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 10:34 p.m. CST
Updated Friday, February 10, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST
By Ellen Goldberg
NBC 5 News

Dallas police say Detective Mickey East improperly stored thousands of family violence case files at home and never contacted hundreds of victims.

A longtime Dallas police family violence detective resigned Thursday after an internal investigation revealed the detective mishandled hundreds of cases.

The Dallas Police Department said Thursday that Detective Mickey East improperly stored thousands of case files at home in his garage.

Police said East told them he stored the cases at home so he could work from home. But his supervisors say he never even contacted hundreds of victims.

A review found 508 instances of “re-victimization,” in which someone who reported family violence was hurt again by the same suspect.

The police department said many of the cases of re-victimization can no longer be prosecuted because they fall outside a statute of limitations. Investigators found four cases they could file on.

Deputy Chief Sherryl Scott said she is disappointed in the job East did.

“I don't like it at all,” Scott said. “I don’t like it, because when the public sees this, they lose faith in the department, and it’s something we can’t afford.”

East, an almost 40-year veteran of the department, is a former family violence investigator who worked more than 2,000 cases over five years.

Jan Langbein, executive director of Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas, said it is very difficult for victims of domestic violence to reach out for help.

“I think when someone does step up and has that courage, it’s incumbent on all of us to follow through with that,” she said.

After an initial review in 2009, East was removed from the family violence unit. He faces a disciplinary hearing. He could not be reached for comment.

The police department has since added seven detectives to the Family Violence Unit. It also has new software to monitor the number of cases being filed.

“Don’t lose faith in us,” Scott said. “This is not all of the detectives. We have very caring people that work in the unit.”

[Thanks to my reader-researcher RC for this find.]

1 comment:

M Swaye said...

I am putting out a call for mass civil disobedience in defense of Stop & Frisk. Save Stop & Frisk from attack. This crime-stopping tool, when properly applied in high-black and high-brown areas, has brought down murder rates and kept the streets clean of people. It is now at last time for the white community to stand in solidarity with the black establishment in telling children to pull their pants up.