Former Dallas Police Chief David Brown was honored on Tuesday, Mar. 20 at SMU with The J.Erik Jonsson Ethic Award. Chief Brown received the award for his 33 years of service to the Dallas Police Department and for leading Dallas through on to the darkest days after the ambush on July 7, 2016, that claimed the life of five Dallas law enforcement officers.
The award named after former Dallas mayor J.Erik Jonsson, who guided Dallas through the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Chief Brown also gave credit to the former mayor for putting him in the path for success by hiring African American Dallas residents. One of those hires was Chief Brown’s mother. “Isn’t it funny that you get an award from a man who opened up the opportunity for your mother who he hired who then impacts your education, that impacts your life, then impacts your family’s life, then impacts a city’s life, that a country sees on a tragedy,” says Chief Brown.
Brown, who now spends much of his time in New York City, is a contributor on law enforcement issues to ABC News.