One of the tragic ironies of the racist Dallas police shootings is that Dallas has an African-American Police Chief, David Brown, who’s been widely acclaimed for maintaining both police discipline and good community relations while bringing the murder and violent crime rates way down. Dallas has even been described as a model for other big city police departments. Just look at the praise coming from the protesters, who are calling the Dallas cops heroes for putting their lives on the line to protect the very people who were there to protest them. Chief Brown just gave a news conference in which he said something that’s needed to be said for a long time to the professional agitators who are stirring up the blanket condemnation of police: If you want the job done differently, then why don’t you do it yourself?
Brown noted that the Dallas Police have been hamstrung by low pay (rookie cops make less than dog catchers) and the resulting loss of officers to higher-paying suburbs. So Brown said to the “Black Lives Matter” supporters that the Dallas Police are hiring: come fill out an application, take the training and become cops yourself. He even offered to assign the new hires to their own neighborhoods. Let’s see what kind of reaction that offer gets. Will the critics line up to show the cops how to police their neighborhoods in a caring, compassionate way? Or will they decide it’s a heck of a lot safer to keep letting someone else face danger and potential death at every turn, and then attack them for not handling it right?