By JACK DOUGLAS Jr.
Star-Telegram Staff Writer
Barack Obama speaks Wednesday at a Democratic rally in Dallas' Reunion Arena. Police were told to stop screening people for weapons before the rally began.
Dallas Deputy Police Chief T.W. Lawrence, head of the Police Department's homeland security and special operations divisions, said the order -- apparently made by the U.S. Secret Service -- was meant to speed up the long lines outside and fill the arena's vacant seats before Obama came on.
The Secret Service did not return a call from the Star-Telegram seeking comment.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because, they said, the order was made by federal officials who were in charge of security at the event.