"Dallas, The City That Works: Diverse, Vibrant and Progressive.”
: May 21, 2014
Deputy Chief Malik Al’Aziz
Support Services Division
Grievance On April 23, 2014, I was ordered to go to Internal Affairs and answer questions related to the PVOC (Police Vehicle Operations Course) program and Recruit Taylor of Class # 335. I was escorted into the interview room by an IAD detective and was given a Garrity
warning ordering me to answer IAD’s questions truthfully or be subject to discipline up to
and including termination. The detective gave me a sheet of paper with three (3) questions on it and ask me to read the questions and answer them. The questions were: 1, Have you ever tested a recruit until they passed? 2. Have you ever observed any other instructor test a recruit until they passed? 3. Have you ever been directed or directed anyone to test a recruit until they passed?
I told the detective that my answer to all three questions were “Yes”. When I told him my
answers, he left the room and did not return. An IAD sergeant came into the room and took over the interview. I told the sergeant what the answers to the questions were and he attempted to intimidate and bully me into answering the questions differently. I asked the sergeant if I would be handwriting a statement or typing it on a computer. He said I would be typing the statement. I got up from the table and walked around to the computer where I observed the same three questions had been pre-typed on the computer monitor. All three questions had already
been answered “No.”
I told the s
ergeant that the answers to the questions were not “No”, but “Yes”, and tried to explain why I thought that. He stated that the questions required only a simple “Yes” or “No” answer and that no explanation would be necessary.
I then attempted to change t
he answers from “No” to “Yes” and the sergeant stopped me.
The sergeant tried to clarify question #1 (”Have you ever tested a recruit until they passed?”) by saying, “Is there a practice at the Dallas Police Academy of passing recruits until they pass.” I
said No. He then said that the answer to question # 1 has to be No.