The former Dallas police chief was thrust into the national spotlight when five of his police officers were killed in a July 2016 ambush. Brown’s handling of its aftermath earned praise from around the nation, including from then-President Barack Obama. Now retired and working as a contributor for ABC News, Brown has a unique perspective on both sides of the divide that exists between police and media. He also talks about the importance of recognizing mental illness after experiencing heartbreaking personal loss. After his speech, he will sign copies of his new book: Called to Rise.
David O. Brown is a 33-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, from which he retired as chief in October 2016. Now a correspondent for ABC News, he is also an adviser for Texas organizations focused on positively influencing early childhood education efforts, mental health awareness and treatment, and assistance for formerly incarcerated persons. Chief Brown lives in Dallas with his wife and daughter.