Due to his faithfulness to God in small things, God has raised him to a higher level to lead the way in trying to heal this divided nation.
An emotional night in Downtown Dallas where the city saluted Retired Police Chief David Brown.
Brown walked into the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center to a standing ovation. He traded his uniform of 33 years for a suit and tie at a ceremony celebrating his career.
“I really appreciate the support so many of you have given me, so many names,” says Brown. His first order of business after this emotional night… a well-deserved vacation.
“David Brown is Dallas, Texas. He provides a fair and balanced leadership at the times you need it most,” says U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions.
Sessions and others praised Brown’s leadership during the July 7th downtown sniper attack that killed four DPD and one DART officer.
“We are proud of the Dallas Police Department, proud of the uniform, and proud of Chief Brown,” comments Interim DPD Chief, David Pughes.
Brown addressed the crowd of about 200. He says he doesn’t see himself running for office, but before the celebration began he told reporters he is negotiating a new job, but won’t say what it is. “I can just tell you I have a great interest in using the media platform to bring people together.”
David Brown has become known for his call to action social statements and couldn’t resist urging people to get involved in making the city better. “I’ll never forget this moment and neither will you because we’ve got work to do.”
One thing Brown will do, is continue to bridge the gap between inner city kids and police.
SOURCE: CBS DFW
Former Police Chief David Brown says his retirement is going to be devoted to ‘love’
Former Dallas Police Chief David Brown said he’s going to focus on love in his retirement.
During a celebration Thursday night, Brown said he believes the way to solve the country’s problems is more love and less divisiveness.
“I’m going to love people in retirement,” he said. “That’s the potion that’s gonna heal us in this country.”
The attitude matched what has now become Brown’s signature song: Stevie Wonder’s “As,” with the lyrics “I’ll be loving you always.”
The tune played during a photo montage before the retirement ceremony at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas.
It was a stylish bash. About 200 guests snacked on hors d’oeuvres and sipped cocktails before moving into the hall for a series of speeches praising the city’s former top cop for his service.
Brown, 55, looked sharp in a navy blue suit, blue shirt, blue tie and light blue handkerchief tucked in his lapel. He joked that after 33 years wearing a blue police officer’s uniform, it was how he was most comfortable.
Brown stepped down earlier this month after six years as chief of police. He received national praise for his handling of the aftermath of the July 7 shooting downtown, when a gunman ambushed police officers, killing five and injuring nine others.
He hasn’t publicly said what he will do in his retirement but acknowledged Thursday that he’ll probably remain in the public eye.
Brown turned in his badge to become a “social entrepreneur.”
But he did not say whether that means he plans to go on a speaking tour or if he is writing a book. He is represented by a talent agency in New York City. He said he will share his plans soon.
“I look forward to make formal announcements to you all and not be so secretive.”
Before the retirement ceremony, Brown told reporters that he plans to use the “media platform” to encourage inner city youth to get involved in public service.
He also said he’s interested in working on policies to “help law enforcement continue to evolve.”
His message was consistent to the one that gained him fame after the July 7 shooting: “Democracy requires all of us to participate.”
During the ceremony, City Council members praised him. Congressmen praised him. During a video message, Mayor Mike Rawlings praised Brown. Former and current city managers praised him.
And then Interim Chief David Pughes took the stage to give Brown a gift from Dallas police officers.
“I get the task of filling the shoes of the most famous, greatest police chief in the world,” Pughes joked. “And I want to get it on record that I was born with abnormally small feet. The shoes don’t fit.”
But Pughes had serious praise for his former boss too.
“The department has come an awful long way in the time the chief was leading us,” he said.
SOURCE: Tasha Tsiaperas
Dallas Morning News