Brown Gets Mostly Good Marks In Year as Dallas Chief


A year into his job as leader of Dallas’ 3,591-member police force, David Brown’s bosses and community members say they're pleased with how he's done, reports the Dallas Morning News. City leaders “hired a man who has got the stuff in his stomach to make tough decisions during tough times,” said Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College. With some, there have been bumpy spots. “His style of management is, 'If you cross me, I will deal with you, I will eventually get you,'” said Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Walton. Brown says he runs a transparent department and meets often with officers.

Last September, the chief moved quickly to fire and criminally charge three officers after two were caught on video beating a motorcyclist and the third was accused of trying to cover up the incident. He swiftly fired and charged another officer in February after that cop was caught on camera kicking and using pepper spray on a handcuffed suspect. The department hired nearly 1,200 officers in recent years.In coming months, more than 40 non-patrol sergeants will be sent back out on the streets. It's one of several moves that exemplify Brown's emphasis on what he calls Community Policing 2.0.

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