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May 24, 2001
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Dread-ful Consequences

When Dallas police spokesman Chris Gilliam gave a television interview recently, his boss, Chief Terrell Bolton, was not pleased.

It wasn't what Gilliam said, it was what he wore: dreadlocks.

Police officials say Gilliam, a senior corporal in the department, had been told previously to cut his hair because the style is not "neutral" and does not present a "uniform image." In the wake of the interview, he was told to stay home.

According to the department's general orders, male officers must keep their hair "tapered ... on the sides and back of the head. The length and/or bulk of hair will not present a ragged, unkempt, or extreme appearance."

Hair is not allowed to protrude onto the forehead, the ears or shirt collar.

"It boils down to the general orders," said Sgt. Thomas Glover, president of the Texas Peace Officers Association. "Hairstyles must be combed and neat, and I guess this is not considered neutral."

Glover said the Dallas PD should also ban spiked, streaked, and "Bart Simpson-style" hairstyles.

Source: Dallas Morning News.

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