I know we have a habit of rushing to elevate anyone who goes on TV and shows the slightest bit of leadership, because our actual leaders don’t show any, but for reals…can we draft Dallas Police Chief David Brown to run for President?
We need more of this…
“Become a part of that solution. Serve your communities. Don’t be a part of the problem. We’re hiring. We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in. We’ll put you in your neighborhood and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about.”
Wow, get a job and actually do something about the problems you say you care about? That’s crazy talk. Today all anyone has to do is protest something. That should do the trick. Make a hashtag, write a rhyming chant, make a sign. Protest. There, done!
Of course you and I, who live on Planet Sanity, know otherwise. This police chief is scoring major points with us for his pure common sense, which is a refreshing kick in the face to the political opposition who just hopes to stir up trouble.
Mind you, the chief’s call to action came after he made this poignant point…
“We’re asking cops to do too much in this country… Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve. Not enough mental health funding, let the cop handle it. Not enough drug addiction funding, let’s give it to the cops. Here in Dallas we have a loose dog problem, let’s have the cops chase loose dogs. Schools fail, give it to the cops. Seventy percent of the African American community is being raised by single women, let’s give it to the cops to solve that as well. That’s too much to ask. Policing was never meant to solve all those problems. And I just ask for other parts of our democracy along with the free press to help us. To help us and not put that burden all on law enforcement to resolve.”
To that I say…
Maybe if people listened, we would have less incidents like what happened in Dallas, and less activists going so far as to show up at off duty officer’s homes.
Because yes, he’s right. The police have been tasked with a myriad of societal problems which don’t really fall under the category of policing. Officers are leaned on for too many things, then totally forgotten about. We even saw that at Dallas. At a protest against police, as soon as shots rang out, the protesters looked to the police for help.
So let David Brown be a herald here. If you have complaints about police, don’t just make a hashtag. Become part of the solution. File an application, not a chant.