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Last July, the country's attention was focused on Dallas after a peaceful protest against police shootings of black men turned violent.

A single gunman shot and killed five officers. He injured nine more, as well as two protesters. After he was killed and the incident was over, Dallas Police Chief David Brown commanded the nation's attention.


Former Dallas Police Chief David Brown has announced several post-retirement plans this week including commencement addresses, a memoir and new job with ABC News. 

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown has at least one job lined up after he retires next month: He said today that he's been invited to be commencement speaker at the University of Texas in Austin.

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Police Chief David Brown will retire on Oct. 4 — almost three weeks earlier than he originally planned.


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Answering reporters' questions for nearly an hour Thursday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown explained why he's retiring and what's next for him after his last day on Oct. 22.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown Says He Will Retire In October

Sep 1, 2016
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After 33 years on the force, Dallas Police Chief David Brown will retire on Oct. 22. He announced the news on the Dallas Police Department's blog Thursday. 

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Several hundred kids filled the Winspear Opera House Thursday not to catch a performance, but to talk to police.

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown says several officers testifying on the fatal shooting of five colleagues last month were overwhelmed when they returned to the scene and that some could need up to five years of treatment to recover from the trauma.


Move over Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Dallas Police Chief David Brown has been “nominated” for president by some social media users.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown held a wide-ranging press conference on Monday, where he touched on race, the investigation and the issue of guns.

In a dramatic moment, he urged legislators to do their jobs and propose new laws to combat gun violence.

"We're doing ours. We're putting our lives on the line," Brown said. "The other aspects of government need to step up and help us."

With that, here are five pieces of audio from that press conference you should listen to:

1. Brown addressed the issue of gun control head-on:

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Dallas police chief David Brown says the suspect in the deadly attack on Dallas police officers scrawled letters in his own blood on the walls of the parking garage where officers cornered and later killed him.

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As they sorted through their shock, horror and grief, Dallas residents gathered in Thanksgiving Square yesterday to pray for the victims of a sniper attack that left five law enforcement officers dead and nine people wounded on Thursday night.

Dallas Attack Tests City's Progress In Police Relations

Jul 9, 2016
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The day after Dallas became the scene of the single greatest loss of police officer lives since September 11 brought a fragile peace.

Speaking the morning after the streets of Dallas became a war zone during a sniper attack on police officers, Police Chief David Brown said, "We're hurting."

He continued: "Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken. There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city. All I know is that this must stop, this divisiveness between our police and our citizens."

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday defended offering Dallas help from state police as the nation's ninth-largest city grapples with a dramatic spike in homicides and local officers balk at reassigned shifts to get violent crimes under control.

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Big jumps in the Dallas crime rate is troubling Dallas police, but some worry their proposed solution may not be sustainable.


Several police associations want Dallas Chief David Brown out. Dozens of local, state and national representatives and officers held a press conference Wednesday, where they said the department needs to change its leadership and philosophy to fix what they called a “broken system.”

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Dallas Police say increased security is needed at its headquarters and substations after a lone gunman attacked the Jack Evans Police headquarters this weekend. The gunman, killed by a sniper, was the only casualty.

Update 12:50 p.m. from Dallas PD

Twelve hours later, Dallas Police Department have officially confirmed the death of the suspected gunman, who opened fire outside police headquarters in South Dallas at 12:30 a.m.

Although the gunman identified himself as James Boulware earlier this morning, police will confirm after medical examination. 

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A federal civil rights complaint was filed Thursday against the city of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department.  The group Dallas Communities Organizing for Change wants the Justice Department to investigate use of excessive force by Dallas police officers.

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It’s been almost two weeks since a police officer shot an unarmed man in Ferguson, Mo., and only in the last few days has the suburban St. Louis town started to calm down. In today's Friday Conversation, Dallas Police Chief David Brown talks about how he's managed to avoid that kind of unrest and whether law enforcement has become too militarized.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: DFW International Airport ranks No. 2 for most confiscated guns; Dallas police chief David Brown loves Twitter; Denton’s Midlake gets more love, and more:


Dallas Police Chief David Brown is definitely a fan of Twitter.

He's active on the social media network, posting notes about basketball tournaments and answering questions from his Twitter followers.

But among the updates he posts are the names of the officers and other employees he has recently fired. It all started as an effort to increase transparency. But the city’s police association is complaining about the practice.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Aledo's football team is good -- really good, the Dallas police chief closed a public meeting to the media, Camelot mania is here, and more:


Dallas Police Chief David Brown has fired a sergeant for keeping quiet about a murder suspect.

Police say that Sgt. Carlton Barnes failed to give homicide detectives information from a capital murder case in September 2011 after he recognized the suspect as a former classmate. 

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Dallas Police say they’ve made major changes to the city’s 911 call center. The overhaul comes after a  woman’s frantic call for help was not dispatched as an emergency. She was later found murdered. 


Police are investigating a third sexual assault in Northeast Dallas. The most recent took place only a few blocks away from the previous two other rapes in the Lake Highlands neighborhood. 

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 The city of Arlington has a new police chief. Will Johnson is being sworn in this afternoon at the Arlington Convention Center. Johnson is already familiar with the job –nearly a year ago he began serving as acting police chief when Theron Bowman was tapped to become a deputy city manager.

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Dallas Police plan to have automatic license plate readers on the streets in a couple of months.  The newest technology would cast a wide net in search of criminals and that concerns civil liberties groups. 

Dallas Police Shooting Town Hall

Aug 27, 2012

There have been 16 police shootings in Dallas this year, 8 of them fatal. One of them in South Dallas sparked angry protests. A month later, Police Chief David Brown faced concerned citizens at a town hall meeting.