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Open Letter to Corpus Christi Chief of Police Brian Smith

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Dear Brian Smith

San Antonio, TX

#1 May 15, 2008
Dear Police Chief Brain Smith,

Over that past few months it has become clear that you and your police force engaged in "selective enforcement" of several statutes and ordinances depending on the individual and/or business involved in a dispute.

To be more specific Mr. Smith, your officers have allowed a business in the City of Corpus Christi to consistently block public sidewalks with parked motor vehicles in violation of statue (code and ordinances). I have video of two police officers on separate occasions ignoring this ordinance.

You would think that a business blocking traffic with motor vehicles is a "minor" problem. You would be thinking correctly, until you have records of what the business decides to enforce on pedestrians using the Corpus Christi Police Department as their agent.

Mr. Smith, you do not know who you have screwed with and my law firm in Dallas has plenty of video tape of incidents, as well as the reaction and non-reaction of your police force. Until such time as the Corpus Christi Police Department is a mercenary force of specific businesses in the City of Corpus Christi please take notice that your officers are to enforce all laws equally and equitably.

The continued failure of the City of Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Police Department to enforce laws equally will result in legal action. This legal action will not be initiated in the local courts where judges keep "boys on probation" in leased homes for God only knows what purpose.

Since the City of Corpus Christi lost its insurance company due to the risk your city represents, you may want to have a talk with your patrol officers about the words "equal protection" and the meaning of the same.

Guide your behavior and that of your officers accordingly.
JLH

AOL

#2 May 16, 2008
CCPD officers pick and choose what laws they will enforce based on the nationality of the people involved if one is anglo and the lawbreaker is hispanic guess who will be let go. I have whitnessed this first hand, Having a drop house in my neighborhood we photographed the drunken men urinating in the front yard of the home and were told by the hispanic officer that he could not even look at the photos that they were "heresay" these people have threatened us with bodily harm and NOTHING has been done .Treatened to kill other neighbors of they called to complain. Still nothing done.
shae whitey

New Orleans, LA

#3 May 16, 2008
JLH
do your homework on the texas castle doctrine.Open threats are no longer deemed necessary to call 911 first.google it and read it.
you have no idea

Cotulla, TX

#4 May 17, 2008
There are not enough officers to go around in CC. This the reason for selective enforcement. The bigger calls and crimes come first. They are not saying that all other crimes are of no importance. They just need to prioritize with the very low staff that they have. The city needs to hire more officers. It is sad to see that only 100 people applied for the last academy and not ev everyone could pass a background check to get hired on. We need more recruitment in the area and other cities to bring in more officers. The city council needs to forget about the pay raise that they want so badly for themselves. They have proven that they have done nothing for the city as it is verifying they don't deserve it. Use that extra money for bringing in more officers.

I don't blame the community for being angry because it is frustrating to see this going on. The department is in dire straits right now of GOOD officers.

They need to hire good QUALIFYING officers, not some of the flea bags they have hired recently. And yes, there have been several out there that think they run the streets and can do whatever they want. You see...the dept is in a no win situation and our city councilmen are not doing anything about it.

So instead of putting all of the blame on the chief (who I could care less of myself) I think more blame needs to go to our councilmen who are doing nothing about this problem.

They want to pull officers in special services (the ones that help with these so called not so important crimes) and put them all on the streets to make it look like we have more officers. But that is not going to work. We need these officers working special areas (vice, narcotics, homicide, theft, fraud, you name it.

There is the JET team (gangs) but they are worthless. They can go back on the streets. I have seen so many of these guys in the bars drunk and acting like total jerks. They don't do any work and expect for everyone to treat them like kings. There are probably a few in there that do work hard but the rest do not deserve to be there. That is something you should be gripping about. Look further into what is going on in the depratment instead of just pointing out the one of the million things wrong in there.

You voiced your complaint (which is good) but who is going to do something about it now?
fed up

Dallas, TX

#5 May 17, 2008
Want more officers on the street in Corpus? GET RID OF SMITH! An entire squad is made up of DPOs, they are special officers who have take home city cars (but never get called out), cell phones, offices and respond to no patrol calls. One of them has made tens of thousands of dollars in overtime coaching softball while overworked patrol officers are told to watch the OT. One of them is even the chief’s very own brother who has not worked patrol or investigations his entire carrer!

Narcs, Vice and JET have their problems, but that might be because their numbers are cut every year. Not cuddly enough for Smith who prefers public relations and poster boys to real patrol officers. CCPD has fewer patrol officers now than 10 years ago. CCPD just lost an officer to a car wreck. He was speeding to back up a fellow officer because Smith refuses to have a cop on every beat. That beat could be where you work or live by the way. He needs more full time PAL, DARE and officer friendlys I guess.

Chief Smith is clueless, weak and constantly in the news for the scandals of his crooked command staff. His own officers voted no confidence in him, first for CCPD. A woman he was seeing while he was engaged stated that Smith raped her. Smith forced her to watch his public proposal just to torment this lady who may have mental health issues. He surrounds himself with yes men and thugs. His assistant chief who is near 80 can’t make it through even a short meeting without falling asleep in front of everyone! His officers however are punished for sleeping on duty. One commander in a drunken stuper broke into a young sailor’s apartment and beat the crap out of him. He was not only never arrested or punished, but today Smith has him in charge of the largest most important division, Patrol! Don’t get me started on his IA goons, they are brutal officers who should not have badges let alone investigate other officers. The Captain even beat up his own wife for Christ’s sake! The city has paid out millions in law suits to citizens and officers alike due to the incompetence and corruption of the CCPD higher ups. Smith who promised to clean house, has failed to demote or fire even one of the bad apples in charge. I guess it’s because he has too many skeletons in his own closet.

Look at the state of the police buildings, cars and equipment. Rats infest the rotting Callanen station. The shooting range is a SWAMP and cost enough to build a fancy professional range.( No kickbacks there!) Despite gansta’ thugs now firing hundreds of rounds during drive bys in Corpus, Smith still won’t properly arm his officers. A proposed plan to allow them to carry rifles will require the officers to BUY IT THEMSELVES!!! Guess all his money went to buy a failed computer writing system. This system loses reports and is slower than hand writing the report, slowing the response times further. No officer I’ve talked to says this 10 million dollar + system will ever work. They were not even consulted, but the Chief’s best friend was responsible for the selection and now has a high paying chief job in California. Hmmm…To make it look like property crime is going down, CCPD fraudulently fails to count graffiti, gas drive offs and other crimes in the official statistics. Smith’s loyalty to his Havana drinking buddy and drug money launderer Celis are sickening. Chief was on speed dial when Celis in only a bathrobe was chasing a naked woman telling officers he was cop himself and that Chief Smith would vouch for him. No report was made until outraged officers came forward. CCPD higher ups have covered for this guy for years. Smith even destroyed evidence against him recently. Most officers have to keep secretes and cover up are be fired. Send Smith and skip packing. Hire a real cop for a chief, that’s where you start solving problems
fed up

Dallas, TX

#6 May 17, 2008
Want more officers on the street in Corpus? GET RID OF SMITH! An entire squad is made up of DPOs, they are special officers who have take home city cars (but never get called out), cell phones, offices and respond to no patrol calls. One of them has made tens of thousands of dollars in overtime coaching softball while overworked patrol officers are told to watch the OT. One of them is even the chief’s very own brother who has not worked patrol or investigations his entire career! Guess Smith never read a community policing book. Every officer is supposed to engage in this, not an elite special group. This has only made the concept fail everywhere it has been implemented.

Narcs, Vice and JET have their problems, but that might be because their numbers are cut every year. Not cuddly enough for Smith who prefers public relations and poster boys to real crime fighters. CCPD has fewer patrol officers now than 10 years ago. CCPD just lost an officer to a car wreck. He was speeding to back up a fellow officer because Smith refuses to have a cop on every beat. That beat could be where you work or live by the way. Despite record shortages, he needs more full time PAL, DARE and officer friendlys I guess.

Chief Smith is clueless, weak and constantly in the news for the scandals of his crooked command staff. His own officers voted no confidence in him, first for CCPD. A woman he was seeing while he was engaged stated that Smith raped her. Smith forced her to watch his public proposal just to torment this lady who may have mental health issues. He surrounds himself with yes men and thugs. His assistant chief who is near 80 can’t make it through even a short meeting without falling asleep in front of everyone! His officers however are punished for sleeping on duty. One commander in a drunken stuper broke into a young sailor’s apartment and beat the crap out of him. He was not only never arrested or punished, but today Smith has him in charge of the largest most important division, Patrol! Don’t get me started on his IA goons, they are brutal officers who should not have badges let alone investigate other officers. The Captain even beat up his own wife for Christ’s sake! The city has paid out millions in law suits to citizens and officers alike due to the incompetence and corruption of the CCPD higher ups. Smith who promised to clean house, has failed to demote or fire even one of the bad apples in charge. I guess it’s because he has too many skeletons in his own closet.
fed up

Dallas, TX

#7 May 17, 2008
Continued

Look at the state of the police buildings, cars and equipment. Rats infest the rotting Callanen station. The shooting range is a SWAMP and cost enough to build a fancy professional range.( No kickbacks there!) Despite gansta’ thugs now firing hundreds of rounds during drive bys in Corpus, Smith still won’t properly arm his officers. A proposed plan to allow them to carry rifles will require the officers to BUY IT THEMSELVES!!! Guess all his money went to buy a failed computer writing system. This system loses reports and is slower than hand writing the report, slowing the response times further. No officer I’ve talked to says this 10 million dollar + system will ever work. They were not even consulted, but the Chief’s best friend was responsible for the selection and now has a high paying chief job in California. Hmmm…To make it look like property crime is going down, CCPD fraudulently fails to count graffiti, gas drive offs and other crimes in the official statistics. Smith’s loyalty to his Havana drinking buddy and drug money launderer Celis are sickening. Chief was on speed dial when Celis in only a bathrobe was chasing a naked woman telling officers he was cop himself and that Chief Smith would vouch for him. No report was made until outraged officers came forward. CCPD higher ups have covered for this guy for years. Smith even destroyed evidence against him recently. Most officers have to keep secretes and cover up are be fired. Send Smith and skip packing. Hire a real cop for a chief, that’s where you start solving problems
you have no idea

Cotulla, TX

#8 May 17, 2008
Wow fed up....good post.

I agree that DPS's are a waste of money. They do not need take home cars or cell phones. They need to be on patrol working. I have seen several of the DPO's congrugating in restaurants for over an hour. The same goes for JET.

I am so sick of JET and the arrogance that a lot of them portray. They think they are better than everyone in the department...little do they know...they are worthless and the chief has no idea where to place them. Wherever they end up I guarantee you they will ruin it for everyone. They are nothing but a bunch of PIGS hogging up OT when they are not even working when they should be working. They are SUPPOSE to be taking care of the gang problem. Do you think they have done it? Hell no! And to think they want take home cars and cell phones. They have not earned it.

Vice/Narcotics used to be good but they lost a lot of their good officers to DEA and FBI. The dept is so disorganized and out of whack it is pathetic. Not to mention the recent arrest of the payroll clerk. WTF? It is just sad to see a once great dept just go down hill. I know because of the poor managing there has been a great deal of low morale. These guys/gals just don't care. The chief is not looking out for ALL of his officers....just the ones that can do something to benefit him.
OMG

San Antonio, TX

#9 May 18, 2008
WoW
True Blue

San Antonio, TX

#10 May 18, 2008
That men and women of integrity are constantly run off, is a most damming testament to the culture of corruption that permeates the CCPD. Captain Robert Bridge is the latest casualty. He is a man of true integrity who has not accepted as much as a free cup of coffee his entire career. After decades of “beating his head against the wall”, he has finally retired early in frustration and disgust. Bridge would not accept offers by the command staff to come over to the dark side like many of his counterparts who were so easily seduced by the lure of power and promotion. Captain Bridge always looked out for the best interest of citizens and officers. He is a true leader who should not have been marginalized by Chief Smith.

I understand Commander David Torres has filed suit against the city. Fed up, he has alluded to having information about the CCPD relation with Mauricio Celis that you mentioned. I confirmed this with a records check of the court house. I doubt seriously however that this information will see a courtroom. In the end, CCPD always pays off with handsome settlements at the tax payer expense. I noticed that the news outlet that broke the story has curiously already pulled it off their website. The department can not allow it’s internal dirt and corruption to become public record. Torres will retire a wealthy man without revealing anything.

You have no idea, you might be thinking of the JET team last year under disgraced Captain Vesely who seized cars for his own use, shot at a black man with a training round for fun. There are two new young lieutenants running JET now with only half the staff of past years. Naturally there will always be problems with officers when they are allowed to stay in specialized units forever. After two years as chief , Smith lacks the courage or intelligence to rotate his personnel.

While I don’t wish to make light of parking on the side walks, there are much bigger problems with CCPD and the entire city government for that matter. Congratulations to Robert Bridge on your retirement after an honorable and distinguished career.
Dutchess

Saint Louis, MO

#11 May 18, 2008
I had a very bad encounter with an Hispanic CC cop ,,, which I shouldnt even have to bring race into this, but it almost cost me alot.

I was going down Morgan to a dr's office right beside Memorial Hosp. When I slowed to turn in to the parking lot an hispanic woman in a pickup hit me so hard from behind that she slung me into two parked cars and my car caught in fire and bystanders had to break a window to get me out .

The paramedics were there fast because I was so clost to the hosp, I knew I was basicly OK but had been knocked so hard that I was unable to remember my birthday.

The hispanic cop who worked it , asked me what happened, at that point I was trying to remember what my name was much less what happened, and I really didnt know what happened, she hit me from behind....

Meanwhile ,100 Hispanics gathered with the driver who hit me , pretending to have either seen or saw whathappened AND knew the driver who hit me....
In reality the only persons who saw what happened was the lady who hit me and a white dude going back to work from lunch, everyone else was inside the various offices..and ran out when they heard it .
The cop asked the lady what happened , she told some kind of way out story ,Oh he just listened, consoled her ,, took down all this crap ...I said wait a minute ,, he said no ,,

I ended up being TICKETED from improper TURN???......My blinker was on 2 blocks from the dr and I started to slow down WAY before ....The white dude gave me his phone number just in case ...and I am glad.

This B$#tch tried to sue me using William Bonilla .she hit ME from behind now.

The white dude came foreward on my behalf , told everyone involved that she hit me so hard from behind that he thought she'd killed me ,,,,,,,,

and that my signal had been on for some blocks and was obviously slowing down .

I got a letter from the Nueces county DA ???
Stating to forget it ,, the lawsuit was being dropped,,,,,I was within days of having to hire an attorney.

I tried hard to fight my ticket , but would have cost MORE than the ticket , but I am still paying higher insurance because of this ..........

Uncool ......
True Blue

United States

#12 May 19, 2008
I guess CCPOA president Domingo Ibarra was right all along. An out of control and corrupt command staff at CCPD.

http://www.kiiitv.com/news/local/19070954.htm...

PS. This is just this tip of the iceberg, wait till the retired officers start to come forward! City might think twice about screwing them over with their health insurance. So long Skip and Smith...and others.
JLH

AOL

#13 May 19, 2008
Domingo Ibarra is a racist and has an adgenda to make CCPD 100% hispanic. He is one reason the force is in the shape it is now.How anyone can believe anything that comes from his piehole is beyond me, Oh I forgot he is hispanic so what ever he says is law.
True Blue

United States

#14 May 19, 2008

JHL, sounds like you are the racist! So far everything Ibarra has said is true. He was overwhelmingly elected by both white and Hispanic officers. He actually pushed for Smith (a white man) to be chief. Smith lied and failed to clean up the command staff as promised. The white chief and his pals Bung, Uhler and Vesely have done a smash up job with the PD (not)! It is the former and current police administration that continues to cover for crooked democrat donor Celis. The CCPOA has endorsed republicans for the top county offices.

Name the lies from Ibarra. Please quote and give source. Please quote any racist statement from him, also cite sources. There are both Hispanics and Anglos that are jerks and heroes. JHL, honesty and integrity are concepts beyond your comprehension. You see the world only through race colored glasses. When standing up against corruption, race is irrelevant, but JHL is to busy burning crosses on folks lawns to notice.

To all the line officers, this storm will pass, ignore the haters. Stay safe and keep up the good work. To all the citizens, demand the very best leaders for city government and department heads regardless of race.

Go Hooks!

JLH

AOL

#15 May 19, 2008
True Blue , First get your facts staight only about a third of the CCPOA voted on donimgo's folly and according to the local media VERY FEW anglo officers voted,Your friend domingo attends MANY RACIST ORGS lulac, al raza, hispanic chamber of commerce,SO as I said HE IS A RACIST.Pull your head out of the sand and take your RACIST COLORED glasses off . Just because he is a family member or you have a crush on him. He is as CROOKED as MANY other cops in CCPD,Perhaps more so. I wonder why so many officers in the field hold him in such contempt, White and hispanic, black.You Need to get the hell over it,And ask why he is spending so much time with racists and not working on CCPOA business. But I guess that you would know about that as you KNOW him so well.
True Blue

United States

#16 May 19, 2008
Name calling is the last resort of a limited mind. I’m still waiting for quotes or examples?...Calm down, Ibarra is just an elected official with only one vote on the board. Sad statement about Smith's command of the department if as you say "He is one reason the force is in the shape it is now" Guess no body on the top is to blame or is in control. Ridding us of corruption, higher pay, safer working conditions, and fair promotions and transfer is CCPOA business.

JHL = Jealously Hating Latinos?
JLH

AOL

#17 May 20, 2008
True blue, Yes name calling is the sign of a little mind and have called me a racist,Uneducated,Racist,And using racsist statements so I guess that you have a LIMITED mind. I have always said that there are msny CORRUPT officers that need to fired and investigated. I can think of a few, Ken Bung, Mike Walsh,David Torres,Chief Smith.I Will just say that I don't care for YOUR friend or his tactics,Nor do I put ANY trust in the current chief or ANY commanders in charge.But Until we rid the city of small minded people with their own adgenda we will NEVER get rid of the corruption plaguing our city government, police department, county, Housing authority,welfare system. Laws are written to be obeyed by all not just a few. Funny that you mention fair hiring practices, I've not seen any in Corpus Chrisit in the last few years.

Since: May 08

Pharr, TX

#18 May 20, 2008
wow! so much dirt on city officials and no one does anything to try to solve issues but sit on your fat arses and complain!

Most of you seem to know wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy to much on smith and the higher ups as well. I hope your isp is being looked into!
Bunch of saps!
Fed up tell us more

Köln, Germany

#19 May 26, 2008
This is really interesting...

Tell us more about bryan smith and his cronies...
Golden Teefus

Köln, Germany

#20 May 26, 2008
What is racist about LULAC, La Raza and The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce?!

Those are merely civic and public interest organisations.

They don't plan and execute political assasinations or lynch people like the kkk does.

Stop trying to bullsh!t us, we know better.
JLH wrote:
True Blue , First get your facts staight only about a third of the CCPOA voted on donimgo's folly and according to the local media VERY FEW anglo officers voted,Your friend domingo attends MANY RACIST ORGS lulac, al raza, hispanic chamber of commerce,SO as I said HE IS A RACIST.Pull your head out of the sand and take your RACIST COLORED glasses off . Just because he is a family member or you have a crush on him. He is as CROOKED as MANY other cops in CCPD,Perhaps more so. I wonder why so many officers in the field hold him in such contempt, White and hispanic, black.You Need to get the hell over it,And ask why he is spending so much time with racists and not working on CCPOA business. But I guess that you would know about that as you KNOW him so well.

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