Dallas police chief decides to retire two months after officers attacked and killed

The chief who oversaw the response to a July sniper attack that killed five officers will retire in October after 33 years with the Dallas police

Dallas police chief David Brown, who oversaw the response to a July sniper attack that killed five officers, has announced his retirement.

Brown issued a statement Thursday saying he will retire on 22 October after 33 years with Dallas police, where he has been chief since 2010. He was not immediately available for additional comment.

I became a Dallas cop in 1983 because of the crack cocaine epidemics impact on my neighborhood, he said in the statement. I wanted to be part of the solution. Since that time I have taken great pride in knowing that we have always been part of the solution and helped to make Dallas the world class city it is today.

Hes drawn criticism from Dallas police unions for not doing enough to retain many officers who have left for better pay elsewhere. But his leadership following the 7 July shooting deaths of five officers drew praise from Barack Obama and others.

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