By now, most are familiar with the story of what happened in Dallas merely a week ago.
An Army veteran fired down on a crowd of protestors with the goal of killing police officers. Police were able to protect the crowd, but not without losing five of their own brave officers.
For hours the country watched in horror as the Dallas Police Department worked to bring the cop-killer to justice, eventually using a bomb-armed robot to take him out after negotiations broke down.
As the nation looked to what the City of Dallas would do, Dallas Police Chief David Brown acted as a pillar of strength, not only for the community he serves, but for the country as a whole. In the midst of absolute tragedy, Chief Brown never lost sight of his duties. In fact, he even issued a challenge to the entire city, and more specifically, those who are protesting against police departments throughout the country:
“Don’t be a part of the problem. We’re hiring. Get out of the protest line and put an application in. We’ll put you in your neighborhood.”
Imagine if the people taking the streets put on a badge instead, and served their community. Think of how different our country would look if these same protestors were putting their time in giving back, as opposed to yelling about the same officers who would (and did) take a bullet for them.
Chief Brown says that although the job can oftentimes be thankless, he still goes home every day with a sense of accomplishment, and pride:
“I love serving. Out of all the crap we have to take as police officers, the satisfaction you get from serving is … gratifying.”
Days later, President Obama took the stage in Dallas to speak at a memorial for the fallen officers, and – as if on cue – began talking about the racial divide in the country, and cops targeting black people:
“We wonder if an African-American community that feels unfairly targeted by police, and police departments that feel unfairly maligned for doing their jobs, can ever understand each other’s experience.”
These two gentlemen both acknowledge there is a problem, but both offer widely different solutions. While the president puts the blame on those who have sworn to protect their community, Chief David Brown challenges his city to get involved, and be the change they want to see.
This disparity in rhetoric shouldn’t come as a surprise, as we’ve had eight years of a “sit around and wait for change” administration echoing that same sentiment. Why would anyone want to get involved, and actually fix the problem, when the leader of our country expects things to simply change on a whim? Obama wants to talk about repairing a racial divide, but is blaming police officers in the middle of a memorial for brave servants who gave their lives.
Fortunately for the City of Dallas there’s a police chief willing to challenge the status quo, and hold the members of his community accountable for the safety of the city. People don’t even need to become police officers to make a difference, but pointing fingers is a lot easier than volunteering, and stepping up.
Thank you, Chief David Brown, for challenging people to put down their picket signs, and put their time into building up their neighborhoods. Your leadership is exactly what America needs in these confusing times.
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