Dallas Police Chief Back at Work After Son's Death

By Susy Solis
|  Tuesday, Jul 6, 2010  |  Updated 9:35 PM CDT
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DPD Chief Back on the Job

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Chief David Brown returns to work after mourning the death of his son.

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DPD Chief Back on the Job

Police Chief David Brown returns to work after mourning the death of his son.
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Dallas Police Chief David Brown is back at work after taking time off to mourn the death of his son.

"I think a lot of people are glad to see him back," said Glenn White, president of the Dallas Police Association. "Obviously, he's still going through the grieving process, but now we have leadership back in this department. There is still a tremendous amount of frustration and people that are irate over the motorcycle escort."

Many officers are furious that two deputy chiefs called on-duty motorcycle officers to escort David Brown Jr.'s funeral procession, an honor usually reserved for officers killed in the line of duty or other dignitaries.

Brown Jr. was killed in a shootout on Father's Day. Police said he shot and killed two other men, including Lancaster police officer Craig Shaw.

An autopsy report shows Brown Jr. had PCP in his system at the time of the shooting.

The Dallas Police Association is calling for the resignation of the two deputy chiefs who called for the police escorts.

"I think Chief Brown needs to stay out of this situation," White said. "He doesn't need to be their advocate, nor does he need to their enemy. This situation needs to be dealt with through City Hall."

City Manager Mary Suhm hired an independent investigator to look into the events surround Brown Jr.'s funeral.

The chief will make his first public appearance since his son's death at a breakfast meeting for the North Texas Crime Commission. Brown kept a previously scheduled commitment to speak to the group, but it's not known if he will address the controversy surrounding his son's funeral.

"I'm sure he will talk about it," said Lisa DeMaster, a crisis management expert. "It's been a very tough time for, certainly, his family, for the families affected and for the city in some ways, but I think there's a lot that he can't say because there is still an investigation going on."

Brown is expected to discuss his priorities and leadership style at the meeting Tuesday. He's also expected to address the department's financial situation and how he plans to do more with less.

Previous Coverage:

Article: Autopsy Finds PCP in Brown Jr.'s System
Article: 911 Tapes Released in Officer Shooting
Article: Lancaster Officer, Dallas Chief's Son Among Shooting Victims
Article: Few Questions Answered in Lancaster Triple Shooting
Article: Dallas Chief Brown Issues Email About Shooting
Article: Dallas Police Chief Gets Support from City Hall
Article: Slain Officer's Father: "Chief Brown Didn't Kill My Son"
Article: Prayer Vigil Held for Slain Officer
Article: Accused Cop Killer Receives Police Funeral Escort
Article: Father Shot on Father's Day Laid to Rest
Article: "God Wanted a Special Father's Day Gift" Chief Humphrey
Video: Dallas Police Chief's Son Named Suspect
Video: Lancaster Officer Killed in the Line of Duty
Video: Tragic Timeline
Video: Dashcam Hours Before Lancaster Triple Shooting
Video: Father of Fallen Officer Speaks
Video: Vigil Held for Officer Craig Shaw
Video: Accused Cop Killer Receives Police Funeral Escort
Video: Saying Goodbye to Jeremy McMillian
Video: Funeral for Officer Craig Shaw

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