When did the police become social workers? Sometimes it seems that local police spend a lot of their time trying to deal with people who are mentally ill but generally harmless, and settle non-violent domestic arguments.
Is this really the best use of their time and training? One of the nation’s “top cops” is speaking out, in the wake of a shocking crime that has devastated his department.
The CBC News affiliate in Dallas, Texas reports:
“We are all worried for our safety. We are all on edge and being very careful.” said Dallas Police Chief David Brown at a Monday press conference following the deadly shooting that took the lives of five Dallas Police officers Thursday night. (…)
“Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve” said Brown. He listed mental health, drug addiction, loose dogs, failing schools as problems the public expects ‘cops to solve.’
“Seventy percent of the African American community is being raised by single women,” Brown pointed out, adding that his advice to black men would be:
“Become a part of the solution, serve your community. Don’t be a part of the problem … we’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in. We’ll put you in your neighborhood – we will help you resolve some of the problems you are protesting about.”
Is Dallas, and the rest of America, ready for such straight talk? Here’s hoping Brown isn’t bullied into apologizing for being “politically incorrect.”
Source: CBS DFW