The call for Dallas Police Chief David Brown's ouster is growing louder, as national and state police associations joined their Dallas counterparts in an unusual move to request “a change in the leadership philosophy” at the police department, the Dallas Morning News reports. Two City Council members have called for his removal; only the city manager has the authority to dismiss Brown, who has been chief since 2010. The mayor and city manager have continued to support Brown. The Dallas Police Association has continued to beat the drum for change at the top. The Texas Municipal Police Association, the National Association of Police Organizations, the National Black Police Association and the Dallas, state and national Fraternal Order of Police have joined the chorus clamoring for his removal.
“We are here today, unified by our belief that the Dallas Police Department is broken,” said Rochelle Bilal, vice chair of the National Black Police Association. Critics allege that Brown has promoted his friends and retaliated against officers who spoke out against him by transferring them to undesirable positions. National Fraternal Order of Police president Chuck Canterbury said the fact that he and Bilal flew to Dallas and were joined many other groups was “a bold statement.” Canterbury's organization is the nation's largest police group, with more than 300,000 members. It's unusual for a large number of local and national police groups to jointly call for change in a department's leadership, said Mike Walker, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and former police commissioner in Paterson, N.J.