Dallas — Dallas police Chief David O. Brown held a wide-ranging press conference on Monday, where he touched on race, the investigation and the issue of guns.
“Every societal failure, we put it on the cops to solve,” Brown said, before lamenting that police are left to solve problems that government fails to address:
Not enough mental health funding, let the cop handle it. Not enough drug addiction funding, let’s give it to the cops. Here in Dallas we have a loose dog problem. Let’s have the cops chase loose dogs. Schools fail, give it to the cops. 70 percent of the African-American community is being raised by single women, let’s give it to the cops to solve as well. That’s too much to ask. Policing was never meant to solve all those problems. I just ask other parts of our democracy along with the free press to help us.
Chief Brown 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.”