A Life in Faithful Service to the Community That Made Me
On Sale: June 6, 2017
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The Dallas police chief who inspired a nation with his
response to the killing of five of his officers shares his
personal story and his faith in America’s potential to unite
communities through a dedication to transparency and trust.
On July 7, 2016, protesters marched in the streets of Dallas
to demonstrate against the killings of unarmed black men by
the police. As the peaceful event drew to a close, a sniper
opened fire, targeting white cops and killing five of them.
Into this charged situation stepped Dallas police chief
David O. Brown, who, with a historic new tactical approach,
quickly ended the gunman’s siege and calmed his community
and the nation.
In this powerful memoir, Chief Brown takes us behind the
scenes of that tragedy and shares intimate moments from his
early life: his childhood, in which he was raised by a
single mom in a neighborhood poor in resources but rich in
love and faith; his college years—cut short when he felt
called to save his hometown from its descent into
drug-related violence; and, as he moved up the ranks, a
series of deeply personal tragedies. His first partner on
the job was killed in the line of duty; his younger brother
was murdered by drug dealers; and during Brown’s first month
as chief of police, his mentally ill son was killed by a cop
after taking two other lives.
Called to Rise charts how, over his thirty-three-year
career, Brown evolved from a “throw ’em in jail and let God
sort ’em out” beat cop into a passionate advocate for
community-oriented law enforcement, rising from crime scene
investigator to S.W.A.T. team leader to the head of a
municipal police department widely regarded as one of
America’s finest. Now retired, “America’s chief” wants to
bring his hard-earned knowledge of Dallas—emphasizing
outreach, accountability, and inclusion—to help encourage
unity in the nation’s hurting communities.
Chief Brown believes that we have to band together to engage
in the kind of dialogue that can lead to solutions. In place
of complaining, we all have to take action—and one first
great step is to tune in to what is being said. Called to
Rise explores the keys to that dialogue—trust, transparency,
and compassion—that have made Brown a leader on the front
lines of social change in America.
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