Brown pulls ads over documents
RED OAK – Republican sheriff candidate Johnny Brown pulled his campaign ads after The Ellis County Press inquired about public records from his days at the Midlothian Police Department.
When asked to respond to complaints made in 1994 over an incident in which the Dallas Police Department escorted him off an auto dealership, Brown notified ECP ad salesman that he would be taking his ads out.
Charles Hatfield, the ECP publisher, said Brown’s actions would not look good on his campaign.
"The advertising department and news department are two separate entities," Hatfield said. "Brown’s decision to pull his advertisements shows that he won’t be able to stand up to the constant scrutiny and questioning from the public and the press."
An unnamed complainant (his/her name was blacked out in the reports) alleged Brown of making numerous threats to the property.
In a "statement of fact" submitted to the MPD in 1994, Brown is alleged to have said, "I will get satisfaction and I have a gun in my truck and I will use it."
"If I have to I will whip your a--" and "I will get even with you, even if I have to burn down every [expletive] thing on this lot."
An internal affairs investigation by then-Chief Roy Vaughn (now Midlothian’s municipal judge) found the charges of a terroristic threat as "not sustained."
A follow-up investigation in 1998 when Bobby Whitmire was chief was also issued as a "not sustained" basis.
Brown was, however, placed on temporary suspension for the alleged conduct. MPD later told Brown in a department memo dated Nov. 18, 1994 he had violated a code of conduct policy for telling then-Capt.
Kyle Neal (himself a recent candidate for Precinct 4 constable) said, "I’m tired of you blowing smoke up my [expletive]."
The winner of next Tuesday’s primary run-off between Brown and James Ledbetter will be the next sheriff, since the only general election opponent – a Libertarian – dropped out of the race.