Dear Fort Bend residents,
My name is Jimmy Du. I have been a deputy with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office for the last 4 years. Twelve weeks ago I was suspended for using a county computer to send an email to my friends and co-workers about a sheriff’s candidate debate. A few days later I was suspended without pay and have stayed on suspension, I believe, as a personal vendetta of Chief Brady’s because I wrote a poem expressing my opinion about him.
Many people will tell you that I have crossed the line saying my actions are unbecoming of a police officer, I do not believe that writing a poem or expressing my opinion is either. I stand by my actions and opinion and if that places my career on the line; there is a problem and there is no justice. If I am given a chance to do it over, I will never remain silent when I know that the wrong thing is being done.
I became a cop to do what’s right, not turn the other cheek because somebody is related to this person. At the Sheriff’s Office, if you are not part of the friends and family of the ranking officers, you are nothing.
Right now, it feels like it is me against Chief Brady and his family of favoritism and nepotism. I chose to do something about it and spoke up by writing a poem; although I realize that insulting him and his wife might not have been the best choice, at least I did something instead of standing by and accepting the idea that they are untouchable.
Even today I carry around the poem to remind myself that despite all the shame I have brought to my family and all of my bills that are piling up, I am doing the right thing. I believe if more employees would have the courage, that we can make a difference in the Primary election scheduled for May 29. I understand that after my suspension, many employees are in fear for their jobs. Also remember that people in authority positions are there because we put them there.
There are four candidates running for the Republican nomination. In ballot order they are: Billy Teague, Craig Brady, John Minchew, and Troy Nehls. I am not telling anyone who to vote for. I’m just informing you that through my experience, a boss that would use suspension to silence his own employee, and use him as an example to others who even think about exercising their right to the Free Speech, is not a man that should be given the power of Sheriff.
What started as a poem, has become my mantra about Craig Brady: “Your time is up, my time is now”.
If you would like to contact me or receive a copy of the poem, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jimmy H. Du
Attention: After this open letter to you residents I expect my suspension to end and a termination to follow. That is the kind of petty man Chief Brady is. Remember, according to his campaign slogan, he is the candidate with the experience to KEEP running the Sheriff’s Office.
Please help us stop this tyranny – vote against Brady.