The murder of five Dallas police officers that came at the end of a week of protests has weighed heavily on citizens, pitting them against each other on social media and having them wonder if we’ll ever be able to move beyond issues that have plagued us as a nation for far too long.
The internet always has its say first, but today, amidst a climate of social and political discord, Dallas Police Chief David Brown reached into the same love he has had for his hometown that propelled him to become the man today, and spoke both out and up.
This is Police Chief David Brown.
For anyone that has been too busy playing Pokemon Go for the last week, he leads the police force that just lost five officers during an anti-police brutality protest after the deaths of two African American men, one of which had a CCW permit, which by law allowed him to carry his firearm, and may have cost him his life.
During a press conference today, Chief Brown hit several points on the head, starting with addressing the topic of gun control:
“I was asked, ‘Well what’s your opinion about guns?’ Ask the policymakers to do something and then I’ll give you an opinion. Put a law out there and I’ll give you an opinion about it, but to have me do that job, I’ll pass on that. Get in that debate and get swallowed up by both sides who are entrenched in their positions? I want no part of that. Do your job. We’re doing ours. We’re putting our lives on the line. The other aspects of government need to step up and help us.”
He expressed the problem he sees with Open Carry laws as well:
It’s increasingly challenging, when people have AR-15s slung over and shootings occur in a crowd and they begin running and we don’t know if they’re the shooter or not. Its been the presumption that a good guy with a gun is the best way to resolve some of these things. We don’t know who the good guy is versus who the bad guy is if everybody starts shooting, and we’ve expressed that concern as well. I have every belief and trust that our folks are listening at the state on this issue, particularly when it involves protests.
He also spoke about why he became a police officer.
He went in depth about him joining to help Dallas through its crack epidemic in the early 80s, and invited those protesting to leave the picket line and to join him and the rest of the department in fixing today’s issues.
“We’re hiring. We’ll put you in your neighborhood, and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about.”
“I’ve been black a long time,” he joked.
He grew up in Dallas, making sure to mention that he was in fact a 3rd generation Dallasite.
“We’re in a much better place than we were when I was a young man here, but we have much more work to do, particularly in our profession. Leaders in our position need to put our careers on the line and make sure we do things right. Not be so worried about keeping their job. That’s how I approach it. I hope that it’s an example for others to approach the way we conduct ourselves as police officers.”
Powerful words in a trying time, by a man that everyone on all sides of the conflict can relate to.
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