Dallas Police Chief David Brown held a press conference Monday morning where he was very frank about the burden placed on police because of societal failures.
"I just want to know how you are doing. As you characterize on-air and in reports, law enforcement, the brotherhood, sisterhood. What goes through your mind, chief, when you put your head your on your pillow at night and process this and what is happening in this department?" a reporter asked.
"What we're doing, what we're trying to accomplish here is above challenging. It is -- we're asking cops to do too much in this country. We are. We're just asking us to do too much," Chief Brown said.
"Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve. Not enough mental health funding. Let the cop handle it. Not enough drug addiction funding. Let's give it to the cops. Here in Dallas, we've got a loose dog problem. Let's have the cops chase loose dogs. You know, schools fail. Give it to the cops. 70% of the African-American community is being raised by single women. Let's give it to the cops to solve that, as well. That's too much to ask," a stressed Brown said.
"Policing was never meant to solve all of those problems," Brown said to reporters. "I just ask for other parts of our democracy, along with the free press, to help us. To help us and not put that burden all on law enforcement to resolve. So, again, I'm just being pretty honest with you. You know, I have raw feelings about all of what we do. And don't ask me if you don't want the answer."