July 12–Dallas police chief David Brown invited protesters to be the change they want to see by applying for a job as a police officer.
“Become part of the solution. Serve your community,” Brown said at a news conference yesterday. “We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and get an application in. We’ll put you in your neighborhood and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about.”
Brown’s comments came the same day the family of Micah Johnson, the suspected shooter, broke their silence, saying their son was never the same after he served six years in the Army Reserves and deployed to Afghanistan.
His father, James Johnson, said haltingly and through tears: “I don’t know what to say to anybody to make anything better. I didn’t see it coming.”
Johnson was discharged under “other than honorable” conditions after he was accused of sexually harassing a colleague, Bradford Glendening, the military lawyer who represented him, told The Associated Press.
The woman asked for a protective order and hoped that Johnson would “receive mental help.”
Brown also defended his use of a robot loaded with plastic explosives to end the standoff early Friday morning, saying the tactic saved lives.
Both President Obama and former President George W. Bush are scheduled to appear today in Dallas at a memorial service for the fallen officers.
In Boston yesterday, Black Lives Matter marchers walked from Jamaica Plain to Roxbury in a solemn show of support for the movement.
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