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Group's website blasts Raleigh police chief

Posted January 18, 2012

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— A local group representing the interests of more than 500 police officers in Raleigh is changing the controls on its website after a post blasting the city's police chief.

The Jan. 17 "open letter," signed by the Raleigh Police Protective Association, accuses Chief Harry Dolan of telling lies, getting involved in internal investigations and promoting people who don't question him or his ethics.

"We are going to reveal the truth for everyone to see," the post says. "Even your minions are starting to grow restless from the growing cracks in the façade."

It continues: "Will your patsies still defend you at the risk of their own careers or are they hoping that your recent trend of settling officer grievances will continue?"

Rob Black, a spokesman for the RPPA, said Wednesday that the letter was not written or vetted by RPPA leadership but was posted without their knowledge by a member of the organization.

"RPPA certainly has a list of legitimate beefs against the chief, but this rogue posting is not how we go about that," Black said.

The group is working to remove the post and to ensure that members can no longer post on the site on the group's behalf, he said.

Raleigh police declined to comment.

"The city’s policy is to not comment on matters that may relate to pending litigation," spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

The letter comes amid a legal dispute with the police department and the RPPA's former president, Rick Armstrong, who was fired from the department in June amid an internal investigation into improper police conduct.

Armstrong has denied any wrongdoing and is suing the city for wrongful termination.

He has said that he believes Dolan doesn't like the RPPA because it has disagreed with him in the past about how officers are promoted and their salary grades.

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  • bosshog Jan 19, 2012

    DontLikeSocialistObama-Could you please site your source for Armstrong getting busted for soliciting favors? I wonder how many different ways you need to be told that those allegations were UNSUBSTANTIATED....UNFOUNDED...which, to spell it out for those who don't understand those words, IT DIDN'T HAPPEN!! Move on already.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jan 19, 2012

    Dolan's biggest mistake was standing up to the trouble makers on the police force instead of letting them continually break the rules like his predecessor did.

    This lawsuit is nothing more than a way for the RPPA to try and control Dolan and his actions.

    Anybody on the RPD who supports RPPA's lawsuit should be fired and replaced with employees who have better attitudes and better work ethic then those who are currently supporting the suit against the RPD.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jan 19, 2012

    "DontLikeTheSocialistObama has never been able to keep up with this story...there is a word to describe that but the moderators would kick it back. Can't wait for the truth about Dolan to be revealed...that should shut his supporters down for good and then the laugh will be on them. - bosshog"

    In the private sector the few trouble makers would be called disgruntled employees and laid off when the first legal opportunity presents itself.

    It's amazing the RPPA will go through this mess because Armstrong got busted for soliciting sexual favors because of his position.

    Anyway, RPD should fire the disgruntled employees who aren't happy with their job and replace them with others who will be happy with their job.

  • bosshog Jan 19, 2012

    DontLikeTheSocialistObama has never been able to keep up with this story...there is a word to describe that but the moderators would kick it back. Can't wait for the truth about Dolan to be revealed...that should shut his supporters down for good and then the laugh will be on them.

  • Proud Airman Jan 19, 2012

    "The suit is because a leader of RPPA got busted in the sex for favors sting in Southeast Raleigh.

    Nothing to do about the chief's performance."-DontLikeTheSocialistObama

    If you think that is true, you clearly know nothing of the situation and surely have NOT read the lawsuit. The RPPA, on behalf of ALL of its members, sued the City and Dolan, because of discrimination and intimidation on behalf of the chief against members of the union. That is completely separate from Armstrong's case. Further, Armstrong was CLEARED of sexual misconduct. Perhaps you missed that article.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jan 19, 2012

    "Don't be fooled by the chief. Sure, Southeast Raleigh has improved a little, but at what cost? North Raleigh has been ignored! Don't fall victim to the Chief's lies. Don't be so quick to support him. It should mean something that the RPPA, who represents over HALF of Raleigh Officers, has sued the Department on behalf of its members. It should mean something that over HALF of the Raleigh Officers are vocal about these issues. Stand strong, guys, Harry will be gone soon. - Proud Airman"

    The suit is because a leader of RPPA got busted in the sex for favors sting in Southeast Raleigh.

    Nothing to do about the chief's performance.

  • Proud Airman Jan 18, 2012

    Don't be fooled by the chief. Sure, Southeast Raleigh has improved a little, but at what cost? North Raleigh has been ignored! Don't fall victim to the Chief's lies. Don't be so quick to support him. It should mean something that the RPPA, who represents over HALF of Raleigh Officers, has sued the Department on behalf of its members. It should mean something that over HALF of the Raleigh Officers are vocal about these issues. Stand strong, guys, Harry will be gone soon.

  • Etch53 Jan 18, 2012

    I own a business in Southeast Raleigh and I have to say that Chief Dolan has done an OUTSTANDING job of improving the safety of the area. The officers of the Raleigh Police Department have been visable, cooperative,and helpful under his watch. Thanks Chief!

  • wiz Jan 18, 2012

    I would think that any Police Chief in any metro, or any other town in the country, for that matter, would have their own fan club... I don't know much about the Chief (I don't live there), other than when Raleigh was looking for a Chief, & as I recall, he came highly recommended for the job from Grand Rapids, Mi...

    If he is doing something 'wrong', prove it, go about it the right way. Don't tarnish a veteran LEO unless you have proof that he done anything wrong other than hurt someones' feelings. It is all hearsay until proven...

    Never take anything at face value....

  • TopCopWife Jan 18, 2012

    babymama - I hope you don't need any of the arrogant, lazy and just full of lies officers anytime soon......

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