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The Dallas Police Department Has Been A Model For Confronting Police Brutality

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The Dallas Police Department Has Been A Model For Confronting Police Brutality


The Dallas Police Department experienced the darkest night in its history when five police officers lost their lives and seven more were wounded Thursday night during a protest against police brutality following the killings of two black men at the hands of police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota.

This tragedy is intensified by the fact that the DPD’s records show that the department has served as an example of how to address the issue of police misconduct through de-escalation of force training, community policing, and large amounts of cooperation and understanding between the force and the community.

“This police department trained in de-escalation far before cities across America did it,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said on Friday. “We’re one of the premier community policing cities in the country and this year we have the fewest police officer-related shootings than any large city in America.”

Police Department Chief David Brown has been an active force in this turn-around. After the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer, the Dallas Police chief wrote an op-ed offering condolences and discussing what the nation’s police forces could do to better serve their communities. These ideas, which he has implemented during his time as chief, have produced positive results for the department and ci.

Buzzfeed reports:

The dramatic decline in excessive force complaints and arrests trace back to the year Brown, who is black, took over the department in 2010. In 2009, the department received 147 excessive force complaints and made 74,000 arrests. Within three years, arrests were down to 61,000 and within five years, excessive force complaints were down to 53. As the number of excessive force complaints and arrests declined, so did the city’s murder rate, which reached its lowest point in more than 80 years in 2014, before ticking back upwards in 2015.

Last November, the Dallas Morning News reported that the Dallas Police Department (DPD) was taking a new approach based on de-escalation. They were taught to avoid rushing into action, approaching subjects right away, having many officers shouting at once — all tools to build a trusting relationship with the community.

Officers also shifted focus to what’s called “reality based training,” which is modeled after real life events recorded by officer body cameras, dash-cams, and the media. More training hours are also required — officers on patrol are now mandated to complete reality based training every year, twice as frequently as before.

Officer monitoring through the use of body microphones and cameras also coincided with a decline in complaints against police.

Brown told the paper that this decline in complaints was a result of “training, community policing and holding officers accountable.”

Community involvement has been a top priority for the police department, something evident in their social media presence. Before the shootings began, the Dallas Police Department (DPD) Twitter account was enthusiastically live-tweeting the protest against police violence.


Earlier Tweets also show their commitment to community involvement.

These attempts at being seen as part of the community may partially explain why police officers at the protest were not prepared to face a sniper attack. Officers wore their daily patrol uniforms at the protest – most did not wear helmets or protective vests.


Photo: DPD Twitter.



    1. johninPCFL July 8, 2016

      It’s good that you have Putin marching right along with is brown-shirt friend Trump.

      1. Otto T. Goat July 8, 2016

        You see brown shirts, I see three men arresting a homoqueer.

        1. johninPCFL July 8, 2016

          I see three brownshirts escorting you home for a little “afters”.

        2. King of America July 9, 2016

          Once again, pointing out that all homophobia is – according to some pretty ironclad studies – invariably a product of repressed homosexuality. Come to terms with your yearnings, Otto.

        3. marriea July 9, 2016

          You really need to ask yourself what is it about gays or ‘queers’ that bother you so much.
          Are you afraid you might see yourself.

    2. King of America July 9, 2016

      Haha I get it – you hate America.

  1. Daniel Jones July 8, 2016

    I tried to give a breakdown of the major response types and causes of this Dallas nightmare and was not accepted.
    You let Autogrief post that garbage.
    I’m ashamed of you. Bad form, Memo.

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  2. marriea July 9, 2016

    Right now I am feeling numb.
    I am feeling numb because a shooter decided to kill folks who had nothing to do with what happened in Minnesota and Lousiana. I get they were cops.
    I have my misgiving about many cops in our cities.But I also have this thing in which if you slap me, I’m not going to be satisfied with hitting your mother or sister or brother, I want you.
    However there is another part of me that understands why he gave in to his frustrations at the way cops in many states and cities handle people especially balcks and Hispanics.
    The cop in Lousiana committed out and out in your face murder. He and his partner had the guy down. Where was their tazer? This guy just smugly pulled out his gun and shot this guy. He could have cold cocked him on the head with the handle, but he pulled the trigger at close range.
    Now he is sitting at desk,collecting a pay check, while an investigation is completed.
    The other cop in Minnesota, is a guy who should not have been on the police force.
    He didn’t have the temperment to be a cop. He reacted the same way and with disregard to life as did the cop that shot the kid in Cleveland.
    His actions remind me of why Andy Taylor gave Barney Fife one bullet in which he had to keep in his pocket.
    Just because a person pass a written test and manages to complete basic training does not make him or her cop material.
    In this country, blacks have been portrayed as the aggressors since slavery time.
    But who was it exactly who went and collected a group of people of another continent to be used as free labor. Who was it that had public lynching of blacks just because they could.
    Even in our times, our government has a habit of ‘envading’ other countries where people of different cultures live and expect them to do it our way or no way. Then we cry and lament about the actions of those people after we were the ones who brazenly mistreated them. Even a mice will try and fight back.
    I don’t like ISIS. I reject everything they stand for. But in many ways, when I look at what they do, I see remnants of our own actions. I think of that famous prison we had in Iraq. I look at how we ‘mistakenly bomb the hospitals in Aghanistan and say in effects, Oops, sorry my bad as we kill innocent people and destroy families.
    I heard the mayor of Dallas say ‘we want to know who Johnson was affliated with, if he had any help, who trained him’.
    Who trained him, you idiot? He was trained by the good old U S of A, fool.
    He was military. He was us.
    Many cops are military. But just like cops who pass a test, many of them, yes those in our military are not mentally equiped to handle combat. But then you give them a medal, and a badge, and say job well done, and they believe you.
    I love my country. I would defend my country even at my old cripped age, I would take a stone, an ice pick, a butcher knife to anyone who tried to envade our tuff, even it it meant I would be blown to pieces.
    But when I look at what type of ‘police’ my beloved country has spawned, the country that is supposed to represent every last one of us equally, and I see over and over again how our police are permitted to kill at will our citizens, just because they can and then get a slap on the wrist for their efforts, even as I hate with a passion what and how Johnson reacted did, the lives he took, the families his actions has shattered, I understand in a way, the why. MY God I am just numb.
    We really need to stop, if nothing but for an hour to greatly reassess who we are as a country, as a people.
    We are destroying ourselves. It is said that Rome fell from within because of probably some of the same stuff that’s going on now.
    If I remember correctly, Rome was in power for 1000/2000 years.
    We haven’t even been able to make it to barely over 200 years. And here we are.
    Our politics stink. We put more emphasis on who has what and I want it, than helping each other.
    Our race relations are lower than parts of the ocean is deep.and why and for what. The feeling of ‘ power’ on or over another person. Power is only good if one knows how to use it.
    We clearly haven’t gotten there yet and we need to understand why.
    I feel sad, I feel hurt, I am just numb.


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