Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Appoints Former Dallas Police Chief to Lead the Chicago Police Department [VIDEO]

*Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tapped former Dallas Police Chief David Brown as the new permanent superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.

“In this time, for this moment, David Brown is the absolute best,” she said Thursday afternoon, CBS Chicago reports. 

“While we may hail from different backgrounds and walks of life, as police officers, we are all united to answer a call to rise and serve our fellow neighbors, communities and cities,” Brown said in a statement. “I want to thank Mayor Lightfoot for giving me this honor to serve alongside Chicago’s 13,000 police officers and build upon this city’s historic crime reductions and reform efforts that will create not only a safer city, but also a stronger Chicago Police Department.”

Brown replaced former Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who was fired by Mayor Lightfoot in December, one month before his previously planned retirement, after she said he “intentionally misled” her during an investigation into his off duty conduct. 

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Brown spent three decades with the Dallas Police, serving as the chief of police for six years before retiring from the department in 2016.  He was one of three finalists for the top cop position in Chicago, including Deputy Chief of Patrol Ernest Cato III, and Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman.

Lightfoot called them “three outstanding candidates, saying Ziman “a woman of great talent and skill,” and Cato “a distinguished member of the Chicago Police Department,” but Brown was her choice to lead the CPD. 

The mayor said Brown displayed “extraordinarily leadership” in his six years leading the Dallas Police Department.

“Making Chicago the safest big city in the country is not some nicety, it is an imperative,” she said.

“His success means the department’s success, and the department’s success means our city – each and every one of our residents – will enjoy the peace and prosperity that comes when streets are safe,” Lightfoot added.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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