Former Dallas police chief is Lightfoot pick for Chicago top cop
Brown was the obvious frontrunner — and the recommended choice of Police Board President Ghian Foreman — after the board announced a list of three finalists.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has chosen retired Dallas Police Chief David Brown to be Chicago’s next police superintendent, the Sun-Times has learned.
The mayor has scheduled a news conference for 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
Lightfoot had been poised to make the announcement earlier Thursday, but delayed it after 50-year-old narcotics officer Marco DiFranco became the first Chicago Police officer to die from the coronavirus.
Instead, she held one news conference with Interim Superintendent Charlie Beck to announced DiFranco’s death and scheduled another to announce her appointment of Brown, who needs City Council approval.
Brown’s nomination was confirmed by a source with knowledge of the selection process.
Brown was the obvious frontrunner — and the recommended choice of Police Board President Ghian Foreman — after the board announced a list of finalists that included Aurora Police chief Kristen Ziman and the CPD’s Deputy Chief Ernest Cato.
When Sean Malinowski, former chief of detectives at the Los Angeles Police Department, was eliminated, Brown became the obvious choice.
A source close to the Police Board search has described Brown’s strength as his “amazing personal story” and willingness to “use that story to connect” with citizens. His brother was murdered by drug dealers. His son was killed in a police shootout. His partner died in the line of duty.
Brown is a seasoned leader who ran a big-city department that also dealt with gun violence problems but wasn’t under a civil-rights consent decree like Chicago. His weakness: he doesn’t know Chicago and could be devoured, as other outsiders have, by the city’s unique brand of politics.
The 59-year-old Brown retired as Dallas police chief in 2016 after a horrific year that saw five of his police officers gunned down in a downtown ambush.
He made headlines — and generated controversy — when he gave the go-ahead to use an explosive-bearing, remote-controlled robot to kill the gunman.
“He’s the guy who stopped the assassination of his troops in Dallas when that crazy guy opened fire with a rifle in downtown Dallas executing Dallas coppers. He’s the one who made the call. Send in the robot and blow the guy up,” said John Catanzara, who finished first in Round One of the election for president of the Fraternal Order of Police.
“In this environment, that is a very solid call that 99 out of 100 bosses would have never made. But, it was the right thing to do and he said do it. Most coppers would give him kudos for that all day long.”
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