The Campaign For DA

9.13.2015

Video Of Rhome City Council Meeting: Wow!

Here are screenshots of the video for now. I'm trying to convert the video, and I'll update this post once it is done.

This is not about physical abuse. This is about citizens being removed from a public meeting for the slightest of comments.

I know WFAA has the video. I suspect others will quickly be on it. But, as always, I could be wrong. However, if I had to bet, I would put money that the Chief is about to get his 15 (unwanted) minutes of fame.

What's one of my favorite sayings?: "This isn't so fun now that the rabbit has the gun, is it?"








Edit: Video is (or will be eventually) here. (Hey, media: Give Liberally Lean a plug, OK? I'm the hardest working man in show business!)

This is what gets my attention: The long time and respected City Attorney was let go at the beginning of the meeting . He gets up, and says a few words which can best be described as "words of warning." The audience stands up and applauds. You can tell that certain members of the city council are none to pleased with the crowd's expression of free speech.

And then Chief Davis makes an appearance. I have no idea if that was prompted by the crowds obvious opposition to firing the City Attorney.  That would be a response based upon the content of the the crowds as opposed to just being a slightly unruly crowd, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

But then I got to around the five minute mark when things started to heat up. Holy, cow!!!! Now someone in the audience makes a remark (technically inappropriate but not a violation of the law), and Chief Davis jumps in. That is intimidation. It's shocking, quite frankly. And for the Chief to imply that simply failing to comply with his demand to leave is "resisting", is flat out a lie or a complete lack of understanding of Resisting Arrest. I just wished those two people would have simply sat there and refused to leave. Who knows what would have happened.

I don't care about Rhome politics. I don't know anyone involved in this mess.

But this is a classroom study of freedom to assemble, freedom of speech, and freedom from being detained without a reasonable suspicion.

Edit: I've had a couple of inquiries about the other cop in the fourth photo. He looks like just be an innocent bystander in this deal and got sucked into a controversy that wasn't his fault. I don't even know his name.

77 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cops wonder why they lost the public's support and trust. Because we judge you by your actions. That's why. Police say they're our friends and first responder heroes, but they behave like a uniformed gang with a badge and a gun.

Anonymous said...

Time to cancel the booth for the Rhome fall fest. Spend money in Haslet where it's appreciated. Rhome is nuts!

Anonymous said...

Dear Fort Worth,

Please continue your march up 287 and annex Rhome.

Your friend,

Concerned Wise County Resident

Anonymous said...

as of 2:24 sunday the video is not working

Anonymous said...

So sad how people act, suppose to be grown ups but yet act like their shoe size. Ashamed to be even know any of those council members or even have these people represent us as Rhome. Grow up and put your big girl and big boy panties on and lets get some business done instead of trying to bully or intimidating others not to speak or go ..
!!!

Anonymous said...

So sad how people act, suppose to be grown ups but yet act like their shoe size. Ashamed to be even know any of those council members or even have these people represent us as Rhome. Grow up and put your big girl and big boy panties on and lets get some business done instead of trying to bully or intimidating others not to speak or go ....so very sad that actual grown ups act like they care and they could give a rats butt about it....just saying clean up your acts and stop bullying people and intimidating others.

Anonymous said...

This is the same cop that posted "War is Declared" on Facebook, right? I guess he's declared Martial Law in Rhome.

Anonymous said...

Somebody please get that incompetent Rhome chief out

Anonymous said...

Chief dumbshit Davis wonders why "war has been declared on the police." It's because cops like him don't know the law, think they are the ultimate authority and act as judge and jury. This guy is dangerous, he needs to be reminded he answers to the people.

Anonymous said...

Someday the people of Rhome will stand up and commicate this is not acceptable in America!
Police state!
Okay I am leaving now do I won't be charged with existing arrest.

Anonymous said...

Did you see the little old lady with the police escort out of the meeting.
She looked dangerous. Did you see how she stood an walked out like she was leaving a church service?
I felt safe knowing the armed officer was there to keep her under control. I mean I bet she would have said goodbye to everyone if he was not there. She

Anonymous said...

The "chief" is what you would call a sociopath. I've spoken with him and watch his actions. Rhome incompetents put him in a leadership role which shows the overall incompetence. I think he bullies all the council people and is probably sleeping with the mayor or at least someone's wife. His character lacks real integrity or leadership. The only people I've heard say good things about him are similar to him or has allowed him to manipulate, intimidate, or fool one way or another. I'm writing this as "anonymous" because I would fear for myself and family if he actually knew who this Rhome citizen was. Can't trust this prick. Liberally lean please keep my info anonymous. I can't defend myself against a rogue jackass and his employees under his control.

Anonymous said...

Granny came close to making a furtive movement. Lucky she wasn't shot dead for the Chief's safety. Can't be too careful, there's a war on police.

Anonymous said...

And please as someone who reports on this county please shed light on this It's difficult to be an Amearican when you live in a "police state" where you get the F*** out of your car now and you cannot speak at a public hearing without going to jail. This is how this guy operates. It would be one thing I guess if he was a man of real integrity and Values of the American citizen but he is in this for his own self.

Anonymous said...

And you Rhomans complained about Chief Schoenthal and Rose.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like it's time to get the Texas Rangers involved! Integrity is not an option!

Anonymous said...

Hey 11:34

If you judge cops by their actions, why do you choose to judge by the actions of a very small percentage of officers who don't do a good job?

Anonymous said...

That whole council is nuts. The mayor is just a strange duck, the old lady is senial and the old men will get you no where. These people are about as exciting and forward thinking as the nutsack things I see hanging on rednecks truck hitches. They're there,, serve no purpose, and make you wanna cuss and laugh at the idiots with them.

Anonymous said...

this is nuts. Citizens should be allowed to form mobs and commit crimes at will. These cops trying to keep things from completely going into chaos just drive us nuts don't they. All we want is the freedom to be lawless and disorderly and disrespectful of all authority.

Anonymous said...

Rhome council is like a granny's house. Boring, stale, musty smell, and not going anywhere today or tomorrow. Maybe next year we'll get a boring and stale taco casa. Shoot for the stars Rhome council. Let the chief bully you. Doesn't matter, chief or no chief you are a sorry excuse for representatives. You don't represent me, you embarrass, piss me off, and make me laugh by your actions and demeanor

Anonymous said...

Read the rhome police facebook about his "war on police" entry by The former police officer about the rhome chief that show his character and history. Watch the was channel 8 story about the same with the idiot chief and meely mouth little titmouse mayor about her support of it. She looks in the background during the interview I believe to make sure what's she's saying is on the camera is ok to the cheif who's behind the camera at that point. Wierd people. I've dealt with them and this ordeal is very strange. The older lady that was kicked out if meeting was a long time employee of the little city hall. Great lady and very respectable. Enjoyed seeing her to pay my water bill. Shewas forced out because of the politics of these fools I've been told. She and the other guy trying to get on the council have brains and see the issues too. But hey the guy the council ok'd was the strange old lady on the councils friend of wife and has been doing "his thang" in rhome so he's qualified and sounds like more if the same. A weirdo city council and chief hand puppet

Anonymous said...

He didn't say that he was going to arrest her for resisting. He said that he was having her step outside because she was obstructing a public meeting, and that if she resisted she would be arrested for resisting. That's fine. Obstructing A Public Meeting is certainly something that he could interrupt, by arrest, or removal. He was trying to remove her without consequence. If she "resisted" (vague term, which we could take to mean either passive (not chargeable) or active (fully chargeable)), she would be arrested.

You should know, Barry, that words have meaning. His were well-spoken, and he was doing his job in a way that you might not like, but that doesn't make him incompetent, or a liar.

These aren't your clients. You don't have to misrepresent the truth for them.

Anonymous said...

The only one disrupting the meetings is the Police Chief. The city Council was addressing the questions being asked and interacting with the public. Progress was being made until the Police Chief jumped in without any direction from the mayor to do so. It is a disaster in Rhome. The Mayor is not to blame, the City Council Voted to remove the mayor's authority to supervise or terminate all Department heads including the police chief, so as long as he has the majority of the council's support, of which one of them is his wife, he can act like a total Jack Ass and get away with it.

Anonymous said...

That stupid mayor is hanging herself.

Anonymous said...

This council has been bleeding Rhome dry since Mayor Godfrey resign. He didn't want to be associated with those "under the table" deals the council was making. They spend elaborately on contracts with their buddies, but when the employees requested equipment just to do their jobs all of a sudden they say we can't afford it. Ronnie Moore said the town couldn't afford a special election because it would cost , $5,000. They could forgo their "look at me" events and have plenty of money or quit throwing cash to the PD and give the Public Works what they need because they are the ones doing the lion's share of the work that does get done in the city. The City Secretary and Police Chief make ridiculous amounts of money and neither have a clue how to do their job, but the City Attorney that had served Rhome well for over 17 years get fired. Common sense is nowhere to be found in the "leaders" Rhome currently has.

Anonymous said...

Whenever I'm having a bad day I think about Rhome, thank God I don't live there and my day isn't so bad anymore. The citizens of Rhome need to stand up and take charge of their city. The chaos will only continue and escalate if they do not.

Anonymous said...

11:33 the police chief had his handcuffs out at the meeting so he was going to arrest her if she didn't agree to leave. The mayor did not control the meeting by allowing the discussion by the member who moved to fill the vacancy. She addressed the citizens in attendance defending her position causing a negative response. She was out of order as discussion is after a second between the council. The mayor was in charge of the meeting, not the chief of police. If someone is out of order they are to be warned by the mayor and the mayor has them to moved. I wish the woman had stayed in her chair forcing the police to remove her on video and send it to news media. The advice the man gave to the mayor was a warning she chose to ignore. Nothing good is coming from rhome until city hall is cleaned up and the police chief is fired.

Anonymous said...

11:33 the police chief had his handcuffs out at the meeting so he was going to arrest her if she didn't agree to leave. The mayor did not control the meeting by allowing the discussion by the member who moved to fill the vacancy. She addressed the citizens in attendance defending her position causing a negative response. She was out of order as discussion is after a second between the council. The mayor was in charge of the meeting, not the chief of police. If someone is out of order they are to be warned by the mayor and the mayor has them to moved. I wish the woman had stayed in her chair forcing the police to remove her on video and send it to news media. The advice the man gave to the mayor was a warning she chose to ignore. Nothing good is coming from rhome until city hall is cleaned up and the police chief is fired.

mzchief said...

This is what happens when you put people, who have no idea how to work within the established system, in a position of leadership. Elect Trump and you'll see a whole lot more of this. Trump will make Obama appear to be a Constitutionalist.

Anonymous said...

The mayor has no authority, it's a strong council system. She dislikes the chief as much as anyone else. The council hired him. And now they overrule her 5-1.

Anonymous said...

11:16 and 1:33 I agree with your postings.

Anonymous said...

11:42 you do not know what you are talking about. yes she seems nice and smiles at you but you would be surprised at how she talked about everyone behind their backs. she had to leave Roanoke due to missing funds, people would pay their tickets and then have warrants issued...AND depending on what form she was filling out she was using different social security numbers....not very trust worthy if you ask me. and now trying to cause trouble....sounds like sour grapes to me. she quit but is pissed at everyone who didn't quit with her. even people who worked with her didn't like her or trust her....that says something.

Anonymous said...

8:22 you are just wrong...there are rules to speaking at a public meeting and different rules for speaking at a public hearing. the rules need to be followed and weren't. it is illegal to disrupt a meeting...period. 8:50 no one...let me repeat...NO ONE makes as much money as you think in this town and the ex-secretary was making more than anyone other than the atty. and that bill has been under question for some time. things being charged to the city that made you scratch your head. as far as the "look at me" events they put on for the city, the money used for them is raised by fund raisers and donations and CAN NOT be used for anything other than something to do with the parks same with hotel/motel tax money...it has to be used for just a few limited things...if you people would get involved you would learn these things before talking and not look like such uneducated idiots. and by being involved I don't mean just come to the meetings and sit there...talk to the people, volunteer, talk to the ones you are against, ask them questions and then listen to the answers....by the way it was the ex mayor godfry that got rid of preston and rose, and then hired sam without going out for bids, had it lined up it looks like. and he has been trying to cause trouble for city hall every since we got a new secretary to the point of being banned from city hall.

Anonymous said...

as far as the chief of police is doing....i don't care if you don't like what he is doing....enforcing the law...don't break the law and you won't have a problem with him.

Anonymous said...

Rhome continues to lead in crazy factor, congrats!

Anonymous said...

Those of you suggesting that the citizens of Rhome need to do something have apparently not considered the demographics of Rhome. Average education, per capita income, average home value, number of homes rented vs. owned, number of people living in a single family dwelling... Taken together, you begin to see why Rhome city government looks and acts the way it does. There are exceptions; but generally speaking, it's a case of the blind leading the blind, or (perhaps more accurately) the dumb leading the dumber.

Anonymous said...

10:07... Welcome to the discussion. I think the issue here is that you don't have to break the law to have a "problem" with this police chief. From what I understand, you don't have to do much more than simply be in his presence. The man has a serious problem.

Anonymous said...

9:47 you are wrong...the council did not hire him, the ex mayor godfry

Anonymous said...

LOL @ 9:40 pm. The Chief's wife is on the council, and the Mayor has no love for any of those people, but thanks for playing along.

Anonymous said...

I don't get it Green. Why do you let "Chief Dumbshit Davis" go through but you won't let someone calling him a "Goon" go through?

Anonymous said...

Rhome Residents page on Facebook is going crazy about this blog content.

Anonymous said...

Wise County BEING Wise County LMAO...Laughing STOCK of North Texas

Anonymous said...

@1:33 a.m. Shut up chief!!! Or Ronnie Moore, Joanne Wilson, Pinnochio... Etc..

Anonymous said...

Again, shut up chief, Ronnie, Joann or Pinnochio!!! 😆

Anonymous said...

Can't find this. Is it open to the public?

Robert Mahaffey said...

I think people need to speak up and name names. Glad I wasn't there. Anonymous needs to be more specific. He/She keeps flip/flopping on what sides he/she takes. I didn't know Caitlyn Jenner lived in Rhome.

Anonymous said...

People in arrears on child support should be banned from serving.

Anonymous said...

Rhome residents page is basically the town pot heads vs town white trash, but entertaining nonetheless.

Anonymous said...

The girl in the white shirt. She waves and that is funny as hell. If someone would add Benny Hill music and that goofy councilman chasing her on a unicycle, the city could have won prize money for funniest video.

Anonymous said...

What is this Rhome facebook page you speak of? Sounds like a pot of gold

Anonymous said...

that pavilion is a joke. kids have been throwing too much debris down the pipes and tearing it up with skates. Spend the money instead to make it an outhouse because the single moms there are tired of seeing kids peeing in the butterfly garden

Anonymous said...

Rhome needs Charles and Bill on the council.

Anonymous said...

The only way the Rhome City Council will have fair and equal representation, is by going to a Ward System. Divide the city into three or four equal areas, then allow the people from each ward to select two representative council persons to be VOTED INTO OFFICE BY THE PEOPLE, not the f#c&tards dominating the Council today.

Elect two from Crown Point, two from Old Town, two from Ellis, etc... The Mayor is still elected at large.

Anonymous said...

Chief Davis obviously needs to go back to the Army. He needs to be told what to do and how to do it. This man lacks a basic understanding of municipal law concepts. Let's not even get started on Constitutional Rights! Hello?!?! Freedom of speech... Freedom of Peaceful Assembly...

YOU ARE NOT THE SGT AT ARMS! You serve at the pleasure and direction of your MAYOR (Boss) and City Council.

Anonymous said...

I firmly believe the Rhome City Council needs to wear shock collars. Give the new attorney the remote!

Anonymous said...

6:12 are you talking about the cranky old man in the wheelchair that can't stay awake long enough to have lunch? and his dishonest side kick?

Anonymous said...

At least the Chief has the ex Springtown Sgt. Owens assisting him in this great debate. Just throw a Taco Time in and someone goes to jail.

Anonymous said...

Chief Davis do you know what Nepotism Means? You should you screamed it a few years ago when you were on council, about the mayors mother in-law working part time helping out at city hall. But now in your words Rhome has a strong council government, so to me that means you work for your wife. Conflict??? Yes. You and her can talk about everything including what goes on behind closed doors. Yep Nepotism. Practice what you preached... Maybe it is time someone pulls out those handcuffs on you and your wife... You need to resign..

Anonymous said...

11:55, is that the one that was involved in the body cam issue on the news?

Anonymous said...

What has 6 tits and 6 teeth?

A. The Rhome City Council
B. The night shift at the Rhome Loves
C. All of the above

Anonymous said...

11:55, hilarious!

Anonymous said...

The video of him on WFAA is better than the council meet video.

Anonymous said...

CITY OF RHOME TEXAS, NAZI GERMANY WITH TACA CASA STORMTROOPERS

Robert Mahaffey said...

I'm neither a pot he's nor trash. Certified volunteer chaplain, licensed ordained minister, Bible School Student, Preacher, Christian Drummer, Disabled Veteran, Christian Film Actor (IMDB credit) Screenwriter, play writer, singer/song writer, Television actor, father and devoted husband. You?????

Anonymous said...

10:32 - To whom is your comment directed? You seem to be defending yourself against a phantom attacker, but perhaps I missed something.

Nice resume, by the way... particularly the veteran part. Thank you for your service.

Anonymous said...

Made WFAA 5pm newscast. They will be there for tonight's meeting. Let's see how many people he throws out then!

Anonymous said...

You Sir, are no Nashville Recording Artist like one councilman

Anonymous said...

Of all the people they could have interviewed, sheesh. Some people just can't handle their dull life and must show off, making the whole town look like jerk offs.

Unknown said...

826, you are correct. Davis needs to resign immediately. The damage is done. The entire Rhome PD should follow. Contract with Wise Co. The PD will never recover from the damage that nutcase Davis has done.

Concerned citizen said...

Davis must resign, along with the rest of the PD. Time to contract out the.police services.

Anonymous said...

Why yes it is!!! Was and all other news stations ran the story.

Anonymous said...

Pure GOLD LMAO!!!!




What has 6 tits and 6 teeth?

A. The Rhome City Council
B. The night shift at the Rhome Loves
C. All of the above

Anonymous said...

Yes contact David Walker and see what he can do.. Shut the doors on the Rhome PD and contract with Wise County for our police services. The county would do a much better job. Sure it would cost money, but would also save a lot. Once they city gets cleaned up and maybe starts growing then we can start the department up again with a good honest police chief..

Anonymous said...

the chief and his wife did not even show up for the meeting last night..

Anonymous said...

Everyone should see the open records request that he filed. Council members tampering with drug tests, bad mouthing of Northwest ISD officials, harassment of gays, copies of Facebook posts from citizens complaining about other residents. Wow.

Anonymous said...

Why yes 11:03. The same one who was in the picture at the park with two council members. The same members who blessed his behavior and fraternized with him.

Anonymous said...

Even The police chief states to others he is being used as a pawn by mayor pro tem in the open records. Why the messenger won't report on what really goes on in that town is beyond belief. The blog is better than the local paper for news.