Dallas chief leaving earlier for unspecified ‘opportunities’
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police Chief David Brown, who oversaw the response to a July sniper attack that killed five officers, is moving up his retirement date.
Brown released a statement Thursday saying he’s moving up the date to Oct. 4 to take advantage of some “time sensitive opportunities.” He didn’t elaborate.
The chief previously said he would step down Oct. 22 — his 56th birthday.
Brown, who is black, is retiring after 33 years as a Dallas officer and six years as chief.
Arguably his defining moment leading the department was his impassioned response to the July 7 fatal shootings of four Dallas officers and one transit officer as a downtown protest against police brutality was ending.
But he’s also drawn criticism from unions for not doing enough to retain officers.