A former California police chief will be the next leader of the Dallas police department and the Texas city’s first Hispanic chief.
Eddie Garcia, who retired as police chief in San Jose this year, will replace outgoing Police Chief U. Renee Hall, Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced Wednesday. Garcia’s first day on the job is set for Feb. 3.
Garcia spent nearly three decades rising through the ranks of the San Jose police department before eventually taking over the top job there. He will succeed Hall, who was the first woman to serve a Dallas chief, after she announced she’d be leaving at the end of the year following criticism from city officials over her leadership amid protests and unrest that swept the country over the summer.
Mayor Eric Johnson welcomed Garcia in a statement and called his hiring a “historic moment for Dallas.” Johnson said he looks forward to seeing the new chief’s strategies to make the city safer.
Garcia beat out several other candidates, including current Dallas commanders, and will take over the department as it struggles with a rise in violent crime and dearth of trust among some Black and Latino residents.
Dallas Police Association President Mike Mata said he looks forward to working with Garcia, although his organization had hoped an internal candidate would be named chief.
Garcia brings decades of experience to Dallas and the Texas city has a population similar to San Jose’s in size and demographics. But Mata said the new chief will also have his work cut out for him in bringing down Dallas’ murder rate and would do well to surround himself with commanders who know the city and its politics.
The family of a slain Dallas police officer received an unexpected reminder this month of his service and sacrifice nearly 27 years after his death.
At a time when policing is under a national microscope, the family hopes it can remind people of the dedicated officers who give their lives in the line of duty.
Badge number 3066 is among the dozens cut into the steel roof of the Dallas Police Memorial next to Dallas City Hall. Streaming sunlight casts the badge numbers onto the pavement below, onto the streets the officers once protected. Badge 3066 was worn by Sr. Cpl. Richard Lawrence. He was 46 years old when he interrupted two car thieves outside an apartment complex and was shot and killed on Nov. 9th, 1993.
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The three biggest cities in North Texas are all searching for new police chiefs — Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington. But all may be looking for something different. Former Arlington PD Chief Theron Bowman, who is now a nationally known police consultant, joins Good Day to talk about each city.
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Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall will resign as chief of the department on November 10 after serving in the role for just over three years.She came to Dallas from Detroit where her father was an Officer with Detroit PD. He was murdered when Renee was 6 years old. City Manager T.C. Broadnax accepted her resignation on Tuesday. She is the first woman to ever lead the Dallas Police Department.
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At least once a week, part of a major Dallas roadway has been closing down for street racers. Hundreds of people, breaking the law for the thrill of it. Thursday night, it was all caught on camera and now Dallas Police say they’re working in overdrive to stop them. (Photo: NBCDFW)
Squealing tires, revved up engines — the sounds of street racing on Regal Row have been driving some crazy for years.
“They still doing they thing though. I don’t think it’s gonna stop,” said Ricky Ballard, an employee at nearby Allied Interiors.
New video, captured overnight, shows the cars and trucks in action near Irving Boulevard. Employees at Allied Interiors often get a front row seat.
“They take off right here and they go to the bridge. Once they get to the bridge, the first one to the bridge is the winner,” Ballard said.
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By Teresa Gubbins
2600 block of McKinney Avenue. (Google)
A fight over payment for a parking space ended up in a shooting on a main thoroughfare in Uptown Dallas.
According to the Dallas Police Department, the incident took place on April 22 at around 12:34 a.m., when officers responded to a call about a shooting in the 2600 block of McKinney Avenue.
Police interviewed the victim, who stated he was involved in a physical altercation with the suspect, identified in a release as 28-year-old Nnaemeka Onyedebely, regarding payment of a parking space.
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By Corbett Smith and Robert Wilonsky
This story is developing.
Dallas police have issued an arrest warrant for City Council member Kevin Felder, nearly two weeks after the council member was allegedly involved in a car accident with a scooter prior to a City Council meeting.
The news of the warrant broke Monday afternoon, not long after Felder took part in a Public Safety & Criminal Justice Committee meeting. Felder’s troubles continued afterward when he was in what appeared to be a physical altercation with a TV news cameraman as the first-term council member left City Hall.
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DALLAS — At least 16 women were found at a northwest Dallas massage parlor Wednesday during a sex-trafficking raid, WFAA has learned, and four people have been arrested on charges of aggravated promotion of prostitution.
Pornthipa Khan, 54; Steven Eix, 53; Josip Maric, 42; and Yenrudee Anuson, 44, have been taken into custody in the case.
Eix was arrested in Lewisville, while Maric and Anuson were arrested in Commerce, northeast of Dallas. Khan was arrested in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The four suspects were “directly responsible for the illicit massage businesses” involved in the sting, according to a police news release.
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By: FOX4News.com Staff
DALLAS – Dallas police officers were honored for saving a life while on duty at the State Fair Classic game at the Cotton Bowl on September 29.
A security worker collapsed and went into cardiac arrest while working at the game. Five Dallas police officers jumped into action to move him quickly through the massive crowds and do CPR. They are credited with saving his life.
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DALLAS – The suspect involved in a wreck that killed a Dallas police officer had his original $76,000 bond restored on Tuesday morning after state prosecutors had filed a motion asking a Dallas County judge to increase the bond to $100,000.
Breedlove (Photo courtesy of Dallas County Sheriff’s Office)
On Monday, Adrian Breedlove, 25, of Dallas was rearrested after a judge granted tentative approval to the state’s motion claiming that the original bond in the case was insufficient, according to a FOX4 report.
That was less than two days after he made bail on the $76,000 bond, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.
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