- Associated Press - Monday, July 14, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas police chief is pushing to unite four unions that represent city officers, but the groups say the idea is unrealistic, at least right now.

The Dallas Morning News (https://bit.ly/1knbbed ) reports that Chief David Brown said it’s time for the city to have one union representing all of its officers regardless of race. He added that it’s distracting to have to referee what he calls “petty squabbles” with the four groups, which are the Dallas Latino Peace Officers Association, the Dallas Police Association, the Dallas Fraternal Order of Police and the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas.

“The time for our unions to be segregated around race is long passed,” he said.

Brown’s statement comes in response to a recent flap over the training academy. According to the newspaper, the Black Police Association told commanders they believed black recruits were failing out of the academy on some tests at a higher rate than whites. Board members complained specifically about how one Fraternal Order of Police member had treated a black recruit.

Ron Pinkston, the Dallas Police Association president, says he has tried to unite the groups before but has been rejected. He also says that Brown’s actions differ from his statements about uniting the unions. Pinkston claims the police chief has shown favoritism toward some organizations and races when making promotions and transfers, which Brown denies.

“In truth, if the chief would get out of the way, a united organization might be possible,” Pinkston said.

President Richard Todd of the Dallas Fraternal Order of Police said he believes the police department pits the unions against each other frequently. He adds that while the organizations agree often, they have their unique identities, political connections, and ties to city, state and national groups.

Robert Arredondo, the president of the Dallas Latino Peace Officers Association, said, “While I agree that there should not be any racial divides anywhere, we just don’t live in those times yet. We’re all working toward that.”


Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com

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