Brown To Protesters: Become Police, Help Solve Problems

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The emotional aftershocks from the nation’s recent spate of fatal shootings by and of police are intensifying, with Dallas police chief David Brown saying that he and his family have received death threats ever since a gunman killed five officers there last week. the Washington Post reports.

“We’re all on edge,’’ he said. “My brain is fried. I’m running on fumes. . . . We’re asking cops to do too much in this country.’’

Amid what the Post called the dizzying currents of protest and violence, including the shooting deaths of two bailiffs at a courthouse in Michigan and shots fired at people holding a candlelight vigil for a slain man in Baltimore, President Obama will convene a meeting at the White House tomorrow to bring together all sides of the issue, including law enforcement, activists and civil rights leaders.

The demonstrations that had set more than half a dozen cities on edge both day and night slowed yesterday, although several hundred people again converged on downtown Chicago. In Dallas, Brown spoke of the challenges for police across the U.S., who he said are facing increasing pressure from all sides. He may require everyone on his force to seek counseling in coming months.

For those demonstrating against police in their own cities, Brown had a message: “Become a part of the solution. We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in. And we’ll put you in your neighborhood, and we’ll help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about.”

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