Dallas Police Chief David Brown spoke more inconvenient truths today during a press conference, addressing the issue of our country relying on police officers to solve all our problems instead of tackling them ourselves.
“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.
Thank you, Chief Brown, for bringing such a real and important point to the forefront of the discussion. We need to have this conversation and it needs to happen now.