Alan Mason is probably going to sue the city because Chief David Brown and the Dallas Police Department named him a “person of interest” in the Fair Park serial rapist case, before Van Dralan Dixson was later charged. Will he win? Maybe, maybe not. But he has a point — even though Chief Brown steadfastly maintains that Mason was never named as a suspect, I mean, come on. As the story I linked to points out, “person of interest” has become shorthand for “yeah, he probably did it, but we haven’t made our case yet.” AND, he blasted out Mason’s name and photo — Brown sent it out from his Twitter account — during a time when the public was (rightly) ginned up because it had just been revealed a serial rapist had been operating for months. Of course Mason was going to be considered a suspect at that point. That’s the first thing I thought, and I can’t be alone.
An apology might help.