The peaceful protest that turned violent on July 7th of last year gave Dallas the most world wide attention it has had since JFK was assassinated over 50 years ago. I live in a suburb of Dallas and work in the city limits. It was a crazy, scary and sad time but Chief Brown did an excellent job and several people I know began wondering when he’d consider running for office. He retired a few months later- throughout the book he mentions of his plans to retire early and had even considered retiring before the shooting- but now he has written this book so things are definitely getting put into place for a campaign…
“We’re hiring. Get out that protest line and put in an application. We’ll put you in your neighborhood and help you resolve some of those problem.”
Chief Brown was raised by a single mother in a rough part of Dallas and his maternal grandmother instilled in him a strong belief in God. He left college before completing his degree in order to become a police officer in his home town where drugs and violence were rampant. Through thoughtful police work and dedication to his city he rose through the ranks and retired after a decorated 33 year career.
The story of July 7, 2016 is just a fraction of Called to Rise but Chief Brown’s whole story is inspiring. His passion comes across clearly despite his use of a ghost writer. I’d vote for him.