S/N 753-036-018 "Dallas, The City That Works: Diverse, Vibrant and Progressive.

” SUP-00987A

Memorandum






DATE: May 21, 2014

TO: Deputy Chief Malik Al’Aziz
Support Services Division

SUBJECT: 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 sergeant 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 the 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.

S/N 753-036-018 "Dallas, The City That Works: Diverse, Vibrant and Progressive.” SUP-00987A
I explained to the sergeant that that wasn’t how question # 1 read. If the question actually
read “Is there a practice at the Dallas Police Academy of passing recruits until they pass?” I
could truthfully answer no. The answer to the question, the way it was written, was “Yes”.
I personally observed that Recruit Taylor was tested beyond what any other recruit had
received in the past.

The sergeant continually told me that this was my statement and he couldn’t tell me what to
write, but he constantly attempted to tell me what to write or to change what I wrote to
something else. Several times he copied my statement onto a thumb drive and left the
room with it to confer with someone, only to return and ask me to reword what I had just
written, again telling me that it was my statement and he wasn’t going to tell me what to
write. He insisted that I add, “Before this incident, I have never tested a recruit until they
passed.” I allowed that to be part of the statement, because it was factually correct.

Over the next several days, I talked with other individuals who had been required to give
statements at IAD regarding this matter. Without discussing the specifics of the
investigation, I learned that others were bullied and intimidated into answering the
questions in the way Internal Affairs wanted the questions answered. These same
individuals were told that the questions required a simple Yes or No answer and that no
explanation could be given.

Because I did not allow Internal Affairs to pre-write my statement for me, I was transferred
from the Police Academy to the Auto Pound. The transfer was retaliation for telling the
truth to Internal Affairs and for not signing a prewritten untruthful statement. The transfer
violated my First Amendment rights to speak on matters of public concern.

I respectfully request that after my grievance is reviewed, I be transferred back to my
position at the Police Academy.

Respectfully Submitted,



Gene M. Hagen, #033750
Manager I
Auto Pound

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