Dallas Police Chief David Brown on Monday challenged protesters to do something about violence and police brutality by signing up to become a cop.
“Become a part of the solution,” Brown, who has been with Dallas Police Department for 33 years, said during a Monday press conference. “We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in. And we’ll put you in your neighborhood, and we’ll help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about.”
Despite last week’s shooting, Brown said Monday that Dallas is still one of the safest large cities in the country. He also highlighted the community policing practice his department has used over the years. For example, in 2014, Dallas saw its fourth lowest murder rate since 1930, Brown said.
“This is the best department in the country, and I’m proud to be associated with the men and women of the Dallas Police Department. This tragedy will not discourage us from continuing the pace of urgency in changing and reforming policing in America,” he said.
n 2014, the Dallas Police Department had only 14 excessive force complaints, Brown said.
Thursday’s deadly shooting in Dallas took place amid a protest against police brutality following the deaths of two black men at the hands of police days prior. During the event, Micah Xavier Johnson shot and killed five police officers, and 11 others were injured by gunfire or fragmented bullets, Brown said.
The investigation is still ongoing, but Brown said they are reviewing more than 170 hours of body cam footage recorded by officers who were downtown, and were reviewing the statements of more than 300 officers and witnesses.
President Obama is set to visit Dallas on Tuesday to attend an interfaith memorial service for the slain officers.