Ready to blow

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Gilbert Bailon, vice president and executive editor of the Morning News, said Bensman doesn't cover the police beat regularly and doesn't even know Bolton's detractors well enough to carry water for them. And he said the quote at the bottom of the story, which I had interpreted as a comment on Bolton, was, in his reading, "a broad statement...not specific to Bolton."

The real story about the police department is that Bolton is determined to stick it out. He has a clear vision of where he thinks the department needs to go, and he's ready to dig in, dodge the bullets, and shoot back if that's what it takes. He believes he has the backing of the city council, the mayor, the city manager, and the business community.

But when he says shoot back, he means shoot.

In Dallas, the business community in particular has a taste mainly for painless public-relations fixes, the pretty face out front. If the top really blows on the police department, we'll see how much gut anybody has for staying the course.

We may find out real soon.

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Jim Schutze has been the city columnist for the Dallas Observer since 1998. He has been a recipient of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ national award for best commentary and Lincoln University’s national Unity Award for writing on civil rights and racial issues. In 2011 he was admitted to the Texas Institute of Letters.
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