The decree is, in the end, more about process than outcome. It gives the Police Department what Walczak calls “management tools,” but has limited ability to determine how well these tools are wielded.
While 16 officers have been terminated since the decree kicked in, there has been no wholesale housecleaning. As this reporter was trying to reach a senior commander, the phone was answered “McDaniel.” It wasn’t the once-pugnacious Gordon McDaniel on the line. But, said his uncle and fellow officer Thomas McDaniel, he is still on the force -- “as he should be -- he was railroaded.”
In some quarters, old attitudes still survive. But with the incident counters hovering over their shoulders, McDaniel the younger and others of his style or temperament are likely to be, as Councilman Udin says, “more careful” now.