Called To Rise
In 1983, David Brown was a young black man on a path to a bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas, but he changed paths in response to the epidemics of drug addiction and gun violence in the Dallas neighborhood where he grew up. A “throw ’em in jail and let God sort ’em out” beat cop in his early days, Brown evolved into a community-oriented law enforcement leader and thinker, rising from S.W.A.T. team leader, to internal affairs investigator, to chief of police.
On July 7, 2016, during a street demonstration against fatal shootings by the police, a sniper killed five Dallas police officers. Chief Brown quickly ended the gunman’s siege, calmed the community, and lent context for the rest of the country. He even enlisted the help of protesters, inviting them to become officers. Within two weeks, 467 Dallas citizens applied.
Brown offers insights into that tragic day, as well as highlights of his 33-year career and the intimate details of his personal story: his marriage to another police officer, the tragic deaths of his son, his brother, and his partner on the force, and his community-based approach to policing.