The seven finalists for Dallas police chief toured police facilities and began a series of meetings and interviews with city officials and community leaders, reports NBC DFW.com. The new leader will replace former Chief David Brown, who retired last year. “We need a chief of police that’s willing to sit down with us and straighten out the mess that was created by the police department,” said the Rev. Ronald Wright. Community concerns about police brutality are partly caused by a police department that does not practice what it preaches about good officers reporting misconduct, Wright said.
Dominique Alexander, an activist who helped organize protest against police last year after the ambush that killed five Dallas officers, was invited to participate in finalist interviews. “To have that individual on the panel puts salt in the wounds, and I think the city manager is out of bounds for doing that,” said George Aranda of the National Latino Law Enforcement Organization. The finalists are Malik Aziz and Rick Watson, deputy chiefs in Dallas; Gary Tittle, an assistant chief in Dallas; Carmen Best, deputy chief in Seattle; Renee Hall, deputy chief in Detroit; Michel Moore, first assistant chief in Los Angeles; and Luther Reynolds, assistant police chief in Montgomery County, Md.; (Maryland) Police Department.