John Wiley Price

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John Wiley Price in 2008.

John Wiley Price is a politician in Dallas, Texas. He has been the Dallas County Commissioner for District 3 since January 1, 1985. He campaigns as "Our Man Downtown".[1]

Political career[edit]

Price has aroused local controversy during his time in office. During the 1980s and 1990s Price would lead protests for racial issues in the Dallas area. In 1991 during a protest, Price was accused of breaking the ankle of a white construction worker. In May 1992, Price was found not guilty of felony assault charges from the incident. The verdict was rendered just days after the Rodney King riots in the Los Angeles area, and several jurors reported to have received threatening phones calls during the trial.[2] Among many other instances, Price received national media attention when he took offense at the use of the term "black hole" by a fellow commissioner.[3] His words were lampooned repeatedly by the media and radio talk show hosts including Rush Limbaugh [4]

Price again made headlines when he launched a profanity-laced tirade at a December 2009 Dallas County Commissioner's Court meeting over the ongoing investigation of impropriety among Dallas Constables. Price repeatedly pounded on the desk in front of him and responded to a call from County Judge Jim Foster for order by declaring that Foster should "Make me come to order!" [5]

In February 2011 Price got into a shouting match with Dallas lawyer Jeff Turner at a Dallas county commissioner's meeting. Turner repeatedly called Price a 'Chief Mullah' and 'tribal', terms that that Price took offense to and led him to ask Turner to speak to him in private. Price later stated that he interpreted "Mullah" as "Moolah", similar to the racial epithet "Moulie". The public confrontation resulted in a shouting match before Price asked out loud why all the speakers were white. When an audience member shouted, "You’ve asked respect of us. We demand respect from you," Price said "All of you are white. Go to hell". Price then headed for the exit and challenged the protesters to follow him and continue the discussion outside. At this point security personnel ordered the court to be cleared.[6]

FBI Investigation[edit]

In July 2011, Price and multiple associates were served with search warrants obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation arising out of acts of alleged public corruption. The warrant on Price's residence specified a search for data related to violations of the U.S. Code Titles 18, 26, or 31, specifically "Theft or Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds," tax evasion, fraud, false statements, money laundering, and "aiding and abetting and conspiracy to violate these statutes." [7] The FBI seized multiple assets belonging to Price. Price is currently being investigated by the FBI.[8]

Honors[edit]

A school constructed in a village in Kenya was named after John Wiley Price.[9] The school was a project of the U.S.-based non-governmental organization Build African Schools, which also electrifies and provides computers to schools on that continent[10] and named this particular school after Price at the behest of contributor Russell Fish, a Dallas-area computer entrepreneur.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Wiley Price, Dallas County Commissioner District 3". Dallas County. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  2. ^ Suro, Roberto (1992-05-12). "Black Dallas Official Is Acquitted In Tense Trial on Assault Charge". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Krause, Kevin (2008-07-07). "Dallas County Commissioner spars over "Black Hole" comment". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  4. ^ PegNews wire (2008-07-10). "Dallas County commissioner John Wiley Price’s lack of understanding of space phenomena is now national news". Pegasus News. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  5. ^ Krause, Kevin (2009-12-01). "UPDATE: Dallas Commissioner John Wiley Price: "Make me come to Order!"". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  6. ^ Krause, Kevin (2011-02-15). "John Wiley Price tells residents to ‘go to hell’ in heated exchange". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  7. ^ Search warrant, Case Number 3-11-MJ-311, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas: "Fraud and False Statements," "Structuring Transactions to Evade Reporting Requirements," "Laundering of Money Instruments," or "Engaging in Monetary Transactions in Property Derived From Specified Unlawful Activity," and "aiding and abetting and conspiracy to violate these statutes and to defraud the United States."
  8. ^ "John Wiley Price Search Warrant Released". NBC. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  9. ^ "John Wiley Price School". Build African Schools. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  10. ^ Build African Schools. "Our Mission." Build African Schools. Accessed 4 July 2013.
  11. ^ Robert Wilonsky. John Wiley Price, You've Been Schooled." Unfair Park (blog of Dallas Observer). March 21, 2008.

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