The Campaign For DA

6.10.2015

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • A rare murder trial began in Wise County yesterday (background), but the case never has garnered much interest. 
  • The McKinney officer in the Pool Party Incident Of The Century has resigned. It certainly sounds like that was done under pressure since the Chief Greg Conley said in a news conference yesterday that the officer's actions were“indefensible” and he was “out of control.”  In this day in time, the officer and the agency could have ridden this out. With any controversy like this, there's a media firestorm for a few days and then everyone forgets about it. 
  • Did the officer make a statement or apologize? "It was just a simple resignation: ‘I resign,’” Chief Conley said.  That's either weird or that question caught the chief off guard. 
  • Many have noted that if you think the officer acted appropriately then you must also say that the 11 other officers at the scene didn't do enough. I don't know about that. I just get stuck on the fact McKinney PD had 12 officers respond to a pool party. 
  • Final McKinney thought: Did you know only one kid was arrested and it wasn't Bikini Girl? And McKinney PD later "dropped" the charges against the kid.  (Very Boring Inside Technical Legal Note: News of "dropping the charge" by the police got my attention. Any Texas police agency must report any arrest to DPS by a "CJIS" form. After that, the only way to report the charges were dropped is to refer the case to the prosecutor who also is obligated to send in his actions on a CJIS form for that case. There's actually a code for "Charges dropped by arresting agency." But the prosecutor actually has the discretion to ignore the agency and pursue the case. It won't happen here, but the point is that once there is arrest the police are out of the loop as far as how the case will proceed.)
  • "Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law an $800 million border security package that will mean more state troopers, cameras and a spy plane to patrol Texas’ 1,200-mile border with Mexico." To be specific, $325 million of the $800 million will go toward hiring and training 250 additional troopers and 110 support staff." 
  • I didn't know that very-long-shot presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey Graham is a lifelong bachelor.
  • According to the Update, FEMA has finally added Wise County to its disaster declaration list because of our recent flooding. But get this: To receive federal aid for damage, "Only homeowners with no insurance are eligible to apply . . . "
  • Sports question I couldn't answer yesterday: Why is it so many high school kids are taken in the first round of the Major League draft instead of established college players? Isn't drafting an 18 year old the ultimate gamble? 
  • Finally Some Movement But Still Less Than Half: Of the 170 Waco Twin Peaks bikers jailed, 99 have reached agreements with prosecutors for their release on bail and 70 of those have already been released. (Source: The Texas Lawyer which is behind a paywall.)


47 comments:

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
4.9 out of 5
This girl is SMOKING. Might be the best you have ever posted.

GJ BG!!

Anonymous said...

We're just gonna have to come to a point where only black police officers can arrest black suspects, because any white officer arresting a black will automatically be perceived to have racist intent.

Bacon said...

4.9 out of 5
This girl is SMOKING. Might be the best you have posted.


GJ BG!!!!

Anonymous said...

CJIS reporting is not required on a class C arrest.

Anonymous said...

Is Senator Graham a Log Cabin Republican?

Anonymous said...


So Abbott is signing a bill that spends a little over $900,000.00 per trainee to patrol the border?
That's true fiscal conservatism! How many of the training contractors will be past donors to his campaign?

Anonymous said...

Why can't the HOA responsible for the swimming pool in McKinney sue the girl that organized the illegal pool party?

Triple Fake... said...

"...officers respond to a pool party."
You're trolling, right? You can't possibly be serious with a reduction of the situation like that.

Why would you need federal aid if you were already covered by insurance? Of course, lots of folks would gladly take any additional money they can get, and the gubmint is famously loose with the old pursestrings, but, c'mon!

Somebody accused me yesterday of not knowing much about baseball, but I feel like that was disproved. So I will attempt to answer the question: A high school kid with potential can be placed into the farm system where the team can start working with him, instead of using up four years in college. Kinda the same reason they try to get the Caribbean kids really early.
College baseball teams aren't considered training grounds for the pros, not like the football programs are

John said...

That's because Lindsey Graham is gay...and probably has a secret lover...

Doc Logic said...

Answer to your baseball draft question....

High end baseball players are targeted out of high school for their tools and potential high ceiling and therefore taken in the top rounds over a 3 year college player who may be more developed but a lower ceiling.... theoretically.

The major league teams feel that they can develop kids thru the minor leagues better than a college program can. Division 1 college programs are said to be equivalent of double A level in the minors and it would take 2-3 more years to get the the majors even after college if they indeed can get to the majors.

That is why you see a higher percentage of high school players in the top 5 rounds or so, but a higher percentage of college players in rounds 5 and after. It is rare to see a high school kid taken in round 1 or 2 who turns it down to go to college.



Anonymous said...

I just get stuck on the fact McKinney PD had 12 officers respond to a pool party.


Always good to hear if the dispatcher sent it out as a Pool Party. I highly doubt it. More like a major disturbance. Then the dispatcher probably made repeated announcements to arriving officers, which got their adrenaline going. Dispatchers, if not trained properly, can get an officer pumped up before he ever arrives. It is up to the officer to control the adrenaline, yes, but when you send 12 officers to 1 scene, something in their brain tells them the poop has hit the fan.

Who was the dispatch supervisor? Play the 911 tapes.

Anonymous said...

When I was a cop and someone charged after me, I would be pulling a mace, or a baton, or a gun, or a fist. There is no time to judge their age, unless they just look like they are 6 years old.

Anonymous said...

In this day in time, the officer and the agency could have ridden this out. With any controversy like this, there's a media firestorm for a few days and then everyone forgets about it.



I think it shows that you are trying too hard to be unbiased.
It sounds more like troll work!

Seymore said...

"Only homeowners with no insurance are eligible to apply . . . "
A little misleading. You can apply for FEMA aid if your insurance is delayed, lacking, etc. And aid is low cost loans...not giving it away if I am reading the FEMA qualifications correctly.

Anonymous said...

You should do some more on line research on the pool party. When many residents call the cops about over a hundred black kids crashing a pool party, you bet a dozen officers are going to be sent to the area. Those freaking kids acted like hoodlums..but so did the out of control cop. I think the other cops were handling it correctly and gave the crazy cop (their superior btw) enough rope to hang himself. And that one black kid who did the offensive to the cop was the one arrested...in his interview he was acting all white on us. Almost none of the kids were from the neighborhood. And, the original party givers didn't get the proper permission from the HOA to hold the party...you are only allowed to have 20 people at their commmunity pool, which is what it was. Everyone was in the wrong. Then the blacks had to pull out the race cards..freaking people.

Anonymous said...

I think the neighborhood association in McKinney should hire their own private detective and bust the teenagers who where selling the ecstacy. The local police are afraid of the news media.

Anonymous said...

8:52, Unfortunately, I believe you are correct!

Anonymous said...

Why are you questioning Fema help when you already have insurance. It is for those who have no insurance. Most people don't have flood insurance because you have to have a special insurance for that..but I don't think a person without insurance should receive help if they don't have insurance if the damage is due to a tornado...because regular home insurance covers that type damage.

Anonymous said...

RE: MLB Draft

Pro baseball in the US is kind of like hockey in Canada. The minor league systems are extensive and very organized. Players start at an early age and progress as their age and skills progress.

Many young players skip college all together and start playing minor league ball shortly after being drafted. Others go to college, but their "rights" are owned by the MLB team that drafted them. Many college players have already been drafted by MLB teams, they have just chosen to go to college before beginning their pro careers because making it to the big leagues is a pretty daunting task and a college degree is much more important to the player than the slim shot of making it the Majors and the big money.

As to being a crap shoot, no doubt about it. That's why the draft has 40 rounds.

And as an example, I know of a kid that graduated from Denton HS in 2010. He was drafted by Kansas City at 18. He went to school at Stephen F. Austin and played baseball for them. I'm not sure if he graduated, but I know he is no longer in school, started playing minor league ball at age 21 and is currently 23 years old and playing AA ball in the Texas League.

Anonymous said...

Observations:

1. I believe the expression is "... in this day and time ..."; not "...in this day in time ...". But hey, I could be wrong.

2. Re: FEMA only helping those without insurance, ... you do realize that just means helping victims of flooding who have no flood insurance, right? Damage to a home by flooding is NOT covered by ordinary homeowner's insurance. And almost no one pays extra for 'flood insurance', especially in a decade-long drought.

3. Biker bail issue - One effect of the economic devastation to the middle and lower classes caused by the ballooning of wealth in the hands of the already-uber-rich is that our system of bail has become increasingly unjust. Many, MANY of those jailed simply cannot afford to bond out; yet are at risk of losing their jobs/homes/etc if they cannot find SOME way to get out of jail. All-too-often this now results in those individuals cutting a deal to plead guilty to something, just to get out of jail, .... whether they are actually guilty or not. Those folks who say "No one would plead guilty unless they really WERE guilty" ... are just out of touch with the economic reality of the situation.

4. Baseball comment - The risk of taking a great high school player is probably no greater than that of taking a good college player; and if the risk pays off, well, you have a player with 4 extra years in his playing career.

Anonymous said...

The McKinney officer probably saw the writing on the wall. When the IA investigators looked at his actions throughout the event, as compared to the other eleven officers, he would have to defend the indefensible. Again, eleven did good policing that day, only one went Rambo.

DF Rampart Division

Anonymous said...

This country is f_ _ _ed and it cannot be saved. It is time to convert my assets to diamonds, swallow them and get on a plane out of here.

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry, Obama's "Jayvee" team has enough radioactive material to make a dirty bomb. Congrats, you may get your wish.

Anonymous said...

9:43 -

Somebody watched John Oliver this week. :-)

Anonymous said...

Today's RTG has to have been photoshopped from two different women. The top half came off of a much more petite woman than the bottom half.

Anonymous said...

If you live in a flood zone and have a mortgage you are forced to take out flood insurance from the government...it is a special insurance not regular home owners insurance.

Anonymous said...

Your RTG is a repeat...........but still a good one.

Anonymous said...

We're just gonna have to come to a point where only black police officers can arrest black suspects, because any white officer arresting a black will automatically be perceived to have racist intent.- 8:52

That is the most butthurt racist statement I've read in a while. How about police start acting like police and not like Gestapo when they arrest someone of ANY color? It's the power tripping that's the problem, not the color of the person being arrested. You stop the excessive use of force, the protests will stop. See how that works?

DF The Last Sane White Man in Wise County.

Anonymous said...

I can imagine what a certain Wise County lawyer would have done at the Runaway Bay swimming pool if a mob of black teenagers had tried to take over the place when that future Wise County lawyer was a teenager and too good to use the municipal / city pool. That certain Wise County lawyer would have filled his diaper. I am absolutely and positively sure of that. Oh jeah.

Anonymous said...

Many have noted that if you think the officer acted appropriately then you must also say that the 11 other officers at the scene didn't do enough. I don't know about that. I just get stuck on the fact McKinney PD had 12 officers respond to a pool party.

Might tap the brakes on that, Doogie Mason, J.D.

1) While certainly the officer's language and tone were inappropriate for the age group, there is evidence that he perceived a threat when he drew his pistol, and after realizing there was no threat, he re-hostered it.

2) Since the video is pretty much concentrated on the one officer, I'm not sure we can draw valid conclusions about the actions of the other 11.

3) I know it's in your DNA to rationalize and dismiss any hooliganism extant. While calling this a 'pool party' is technically correct - it was a party, at a pool - it oh-so-cleverly ignores the truthful context that it was in fact more like a rave/flashmob, by virtue of the actions of the 'promoter' and her DJ friend. Else I'm mistaken, the HOA had not granted the promoter/resident permission for such a gathering.

If 150 unruly kids, most of whom are not Hillwood residents gathered at the pool on Eastwedge - you think someone's not going to be concerned?

Sam Brows said...

The REAL cause of the pool party fiasco isn't the cop, or the kids, it is the fact that the families in the subdivision aren't affluent ENOUGH. Something like this would never happen in Downtown Fort Worth, where those with the means to do so live in hi-rise apartments monitored 24/7 by BASSCOPS. You'll find no unauthorized pool parties kickin' off there, because the BASSCOPS make certain everyone coming in is authorized to do so in the first place. This sort of front end planning on the part of the wealthy allows for bigotry without it having to be voiced...or, said another way, it allows people to enjoy what they've earned without having to choose between sharing it with the less fortunate (or the less eager to work depending on your point of view), or face the label of bigotry because nobody from Section 8 housing is getting in there in the first place.

The Donald said...

In this day in time, the officer and the agency could have ridden this out.

Doubtful. In this day and time, post-Zimmerman/Ferguson/NYC/Baltimore et al, no municipality or political leader will have the gonads to actually examine/investigate the circumstances and respond accordingly.

The ability of perceived victims' groups to use social media to inflame public perception has eclipsed any prior concepts of right or wrong. Even if the political leadership had evidence that acquitted the actions of the officer, they would have the fiscal responsibility of paying defense counsel, PR firms, mitigating economic development damage, as well as potentially having violence erupt on their streets, they will take the expedient in order to [presumably] inoculate themselves.

Ultimately, though, such expedients will come back to bite all of us.

Anonymous said...

He quit so on his next job application reason the for leaving wouldn't be "Terminated". Smart move IMO.

Anonymous said...

Just so you know...The Messenger is wrong about who is eligible to apply to FEMA

Anonymous said...

I would lick the pink right off the RTG

Anonymous said...

If any of y'all have some extra money floating around and want to help some poor, innocent teens, here you go:

https://www.crowdrise.com/fundraisertohelptheb/fundraiser/marvinbakari

http://www.gofundme.com/PeacePoolParty

Anonymous said...

Kids need to be allowed to rush police officers with things in their arms when they do. They also need to be allowed to show up in a large group uninvited and refuse to leave someone's party even after the police are called. They also need to be allowed to mob or do anything they want to without pesky law getting in the way. Most importantly, kids need to have the freedom to completely ignore instructions of police officers...because kids are smarter and understand situations much better.

Anonymous said...

For all of you schmucks that think the officers language was inappropriate for those poor innocent thugs, have you heard the language in the music(noise) that they listen too or the way their mommas talk to them or the way they talk amongst themselves?

Anonymous said...

I knew that very-long shot presidential hopeful Hellary Clinton is a lifelong communist and lesbian.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it sad that Gov. Abbott has to spend so much money on defending the border just because Obammy won't do the job he was sworn to do?

Anonymous said...

So, BG, if that same group of kids crashed your neighborhood and began to act as unruly as they did at McKinney -- what exactly would you have done?

My bet is that you would have called the police about a big disturbance in your neighborhood that you wanted to see stopped immediately!


When kids, adults, idiots, are told to sit, stay, or go home right now, that's what they should have done! No words need to be used except when you are asked to speak by the officer. Parents need to instruct their children to do what they are told by officers of the law. That little 15 year old girl continued to mouth and mouth and mouth when she should have just shut up and gone home - like she was told to do (at least 3 times that I heard in the video).

Anonymous said...

Just thought what if no one had called the police and one of the teens at the pool party had been hurt guess who would be held responsible? The girl who sent out the invites or the homeowners association that owned and supervised the pool? The protesters who marched through the neighborhood chanting "going swimming" felt empowered and entitled to privilege they had not earned because they see themselves as victims. The neighborhood did not deserve to deal with the ignorance.

Anonymous said...

Was that a former Decatur preacher casting judgement on the police Officer?

Let him without sin cast the first stone.

Never mind!

Anonymous said...

That was him all right

Stepping up to say the cop was wrong and forget the people were not Supposed to be There

Just Hope There is someone on the other end if i need to call 911

Anonymous said...

"I just get stuck on the fact McKinney PD had 12 officers respond to a pool party."

Keep practicing law, counselor.
This, like changing a tire*, is out of your area of expertise. You literally don't know what you are talking about.

_____
*Okay, that's a shot. But it was funny when I typed it.

Anonymous said...

The woman who got into a fight with girl who hired the disc jockey to play f bombing music for over 100 kids she invited to the home owners association private pool is on administrative leave for 30 days from her job while black activist call for anyone who made racial slurs to be arrested. The policeman was thrown under the bus while black artist preacher calls for ISIS for of attack on Mckinney law enforcement. A superintendent is dismissed after supporting the police officer in comments in local Web site. The protesters go back into the neighborhood where residents are getting death threats because they did not share their pool, but pay taxes for welfare checks so the have time to march instead of working. It seems like their is an agenda working to push us to the point of we are not taking this anymore! When I have to share my pool because of being bullied, it is time to fight back.

Anonymous said...

Hey, BG, you might want to read this side of the pool party bit. It's actually got a lot of different perspectives, and is pretty interesting. http://anongalactic.com/the-full-story-of-the-mckinney-texas-pool-mob/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork