Police tape: Dallas mayor said his wife held knife
Wednesday, March 23, 2011; 5:49 PM
DALLAS -- Dallas Mayor Dwaine Caraway tells police in a taped interview that his wife, a state representative, brought out a knife during an altercation between them that began merely as an argument over throwing away old aprons.
The tape, which Caraway fought to keep secret, was made public Wednesday after a judge refused to issue a temporary injunction that would have blocked the city of Dallas from releasing it.
"She just went too far tonight," Caraway said on the recording, made by police after the Jan. 2 domestic disturbance call to the couple's Dallas home.
Caraway, who was mayor pro tem at the time, told police during the 20-minute conversation that he and his wife, Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway, were arguing over tossing out the aprons after a football-watching party. After he barricaded himself in the family's game room, she slid a knife through a crack in the closed door, he said.
"I don't think Barbara has intentions of hurting me, but, in the midst of a fit of rage, you never know what happens," he told police.
Caraway, who testified Tuesday that he would have spoken differently if he'd known he was being recorded, says on the tape that he and his wife argued often. He attributed that to her stature as a state legislator.
"(It's) not about another man," he said. "I really think it's power. Some people can't handle it."
Caraway also tells police on the tape that he thinks his wife, to whom he has been married for 16 years, may have a "chemical imbalance."
A spokeswoman for Mallory Caraway, who has been a state representative since 2006, said the legislator was attending to House business Wednesday and wasn't immediately available for comment. When asked about the tape Wednesday on the House floor, Mallory Caraway declined to comment.
After the recording was released, Caraway issued a statement repeating his view that he sees no public interest in the recording but respects the court's ruling. He added that he'd spent the morning dealing with issues aimed at "moving Dallas forward." He said the statement would be his final comment on the matter.
Caraway became mayor last month when Tom Leppert resigned to run for the U.S. Senate. Although he isn't seeking the job permanently in a May 14 election, he is running to retain his seat on the City Council.
His conversation with police occurred in an unmarked police vehicle that contained a recording device. Members of the Dallas Police Department's Special Investigations Unit had been dispatched to Caraway's home by Chief David Brown. Caraway testified that he called Brown as a "friend" and never intended to have police come to his house.