Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax has been tasked (again) with finding the next police chief of Dallas. The extreme failure in public safety that resulted from his hiring of Chief Rene Hall in 2017 has been a blight on the city, and a perpetual embarrassment to Mayor Johnson. Johnson has asked for a plan to reduce violent crime throughout Hall’s tenure, and received a mediocre plan last December calling for a pathetic 5% decrease in violent crime. Instead, the city of Dallas has endured a 35% spike in non-domestic violent assaults, and a murder rate which hasn’t been seen in over a decade. Keep Dallas Safe has done everything we can to bring attention to the issue of public safety in Dallas, and other media organizations are finally paying attention.
The sad part of all of this is how little power mayor Johnson actually has. The decision to hire the new police chief rests solely on City Manager T.C. Broadnax, a man whose contract with the City of Dallas brings him a $400,000 yearly salary with virtually no way to hold him accountable. He will of course release a community survey, which can be found on the Dallas PD website. He will of course have a “selection committee”, designed to offer input from residents (which under Hall’s selection committee inexplicably included convicted child abuser Dominique Alexander), and he will offer up platitudes to all sides of the “public safety debate”- throwing phrases like “police reform” and “community led policing” at the wall and hoping they stick.
We are sick of it. The failure of Broadnax’s tenure is clear. The failure of Chief Hall’s tenure is clear. The absolute hamstringing of the Mayor’s office is clear and the decision of the City Council to pick fights about parks and street lamps while ignoring the gunning down of innocent citizens is clear. Dallas, we are here for you. We aren’t giving up. We are here to #KeepDallasSafe- for the long haul. #BroadnaxFails