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Dallas Police Chief called protestors to action and applications tripled.

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown suggested a novel solution for Black Lives Matter protestors: Get a job as a part of our team. The department’s application numbers have tripled since he gave his statement.

From CNN:

“Serve your communities,” he said at a news conference four days after the five officers were killed in an ambush by a man angry about police shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and across the country. “We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in. We’ll put you in your neighborhood and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about.”

The department has struggled to keep officers due to low salaries alongside extremely high-risk situations. Brown says it’s just not a sustainable model, so Dallas PD was clearly in need of some help, even before five officers were brutally murdered by a lone wolf shooter at a Black Lives Matter rally.

In light of the national scrutiny brought to his department by the tragedy, Chief Brown has been an eloquent, diplomatic presence, but his department has wrestled with troubling allegations. As Buzzfeed has it: “Mothers Against Police Brutality claims that the Dallas Police Department has dismissed more than 95% of all complaints filed by citizens from 1995 through August 2015. That overwhelming dismissal rate, they say, undercuts one of Brown’s signature achievements: the 64% drop in excessive force complaints since he took over as chief …If virtually all complaints are dismissed, activists say, then the ballyhooed decline could merely reflect a hopelessness, a belief that filing a complaint is a waste of time.”

This complicates Chief Brown’s offer to get more protesters into police uniforms, but the narrative is complicated anyway. There’s no way of knowing how much of the uptick in applications comes from people associated with Black Lives Matter. It’s likewise impossible to determine just how far having Black Lives Matter sympathizers on the police force would actually go towards curbing instances of police brutality. In a culture where many police forces react to Black Lives Matter with suspicion — if not outright hostility — Chief Brown’s overtures are refreshing. But there is a lot of work to be done, and telling someone to “get off that protest line” may not necessarily be the best way to make sure those protests are heard.

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