POD: Media Coverage of the Selection of David Brown

In this episode we discuss the media coverage of the process used to select former Dallas Police Chief David Brown as the nominee for the permanent Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.

Our guest today is Beachwood Reporter Founder and Editor Steve Rhodes. On this episode we discuss the media coverage of the search conducted by the Chicago Police Board for potential candidates for the job, the process by which the Chicago Police Board narrowed that list to 3 candidates and how Mayor Lightfoot came to select David Brown.

Sadly the media coverage has been lacking the detailed reviewof Brown’s history in Dallas. While the Chicago media focuses on his personal history with violence and loss they ignore very important allegations of manipulating crime statistics to kill crime in the city of Dallas. Allegations that both were very easy to find through simple Google searches and that seem implicate Brown as being right in the middle of the manipulation during his tenure with the Dallas Police Department.

How a city still dealing with the effects of the Laquan McDonald murder and with a history of its own with manipulating crime statistics could pick a potential leader with a similar history is mindbogglingly.

As the City Council Committee on Public Safety meets at 11am today to confirm Brown serious questions regarding his history need to be answered before the vote is taken. CJP is submitting what we believe based on our research are the top 10 most important questions to ask David Brown. Only time will tell if alderman will step up to the plate and actually ask him meaningful questions.

This conversation is pulled from our our FaceBook Livestream conversations that we do every Wednesday from 12-1pn. Here is the media coverage that we discuss in this podcast. The most important article from the Dallas media can be found here.

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Author: Tracy Siska

Tracy Siska is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project.

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