On October 4, 2016 Dallas Police Chief David Brown retired. Chief Brown became nationally known after the July 7th shooting that killed five police officers. I remember being impressed with his press conference and the emotion he had.
What wasn’t known to me at that time was the scrutiny Chief Brown had been facing before that day. The Dallas Police Department was losing more and more officers to neighboring agencies that pay more. The department has apparently been understaffed as budget cuts have prevented the department from hiring more officers to fill their vacancies. Due to recent increases in crime and being understaffed, Chief Brown had been reassigning officers to different assignments. Many were being reassigned swing and night shifts causing the department to have lower morale and anger towards command staff. Continue reading