After the statements given by the officers associated with the incident, Chief Johnson had enough information to make a determination. Chief Johnson then applied the facts that were brought out in that testimony and weighed those against department protocols. Termination was the only conclusion that he could make. I thoroughly support his position on this issue.
I have received letters not supporting this decision. Those letters do not consider the facts that Chief Johnson has at his disposal. Although termination was the result of the process, I can assure you that he made this decision based solely on violations of department stand operating procedure and departmental protocols. He did not consider pressure from other sources, and those pressures did not affect his judgment, concerning the career of one of his officers.
The article in the Ft. Worth Star that questioned Chief Johnson’s decision highlighted the comments of a Union called AMPA (Arlington Municipal Patrolman’s Association). This Union is very critical of Chief Johnson’s position in an effort to garner rank and file support for an upcoming election. There is no place for inflammatory rhetoric in this incident. The Union that currently represents the Arlington Police Officers APA (Arlington Police Association) wants to consider all of the facts before making a determination. I ask you to please consider the unfortunate incidents in other cities, and be appreciative of the way that Chief Johnson has handled the events of this instance. Again, I totally support Chief Johnson’s decision.