When Your Entire Life Prepares You For a Single Moment

A Conversation about the Pupose and Challenges of Law Enforcement with Former Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown

June 5, 2017 in New York, NY

On July 7, 2016, during a peaceful street demonstration against fatal shootings by the police, a sniper killed five Dallas police officers.  Dallas Police Chief David Brown inspired our nation with his compassionate, community-focused response which quickly ended the gunman’s siege, calmed the community and lent context to the rest of the country.  On Monday, June 5, Chief Brown, now a contributor ABC NEWS, will be in conversation with ABC News’ Byron Pitts to discuss his new book, CALLED TO RISE: A Life in Faithful Service to the Community that Made Me, sharing intimate details behind this tragic day and inspiring stories from his remarkable life in law enforcement and now criminal justice and mental health care reform.

Studying for his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas, Brown changed paths in response to the epidemics of drug addiction and gun violence in the Dallas neighborhood where he grew up.  A “throw ‘em in jail and let God sort ‘em out” beat cop in his early days on the force, Brown evolved as a law enforcement innovator and thinker, rising from S.W.A.T. team leader to internal affairs investigator, to the chief of police in a city long marked by violence.  In CALLED TO RISE, Brown offers insight to the tragic day of July 7 as well as highlights of his 33-year career, from quelling riots to reducing crime to 50-year lows and excessive-force complains by 70%.  He also shares the intimate details of his personal story, including his marriage to another police offer, to the tragic deaths of his son, his brother, and his partner on the force.  And, Brown outlines his community and earned-trust based approach to policing in hopes of providing a blueprint to help other police departments around the country and the world.

Random House’s Big Ideas Night series—held at the publisher’s flagship offices in Manhattan—is a forum for thought-provoking conversations between writers and editors on the topics of politics, world affairs, technology, fashion, philanthropy, and more. These focused dialogues offer exclusive access for guests to dive deeper into a recently released book with fellow readers, as well as network and engage directly with the innovators behind it.

Event Details

What was Included

  • A signed copy of CALLED TO RISE
  • Meet & Greet and photo opportunity with Chief Brown
  • Wine & hors d'oeuvres

Date & Time

June 5, 2017
Doors Open at 6:30PM; Author Talk and Q&A 7:00PM to 9:00PM


New York, NY

Random House
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019


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About the Hosts

David O. Brown is a thirty-three-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, where he retired as chief in October 2016. A correspondent for ABC News, he is also an advisor for Texas area organizations focused on positively influencing early childhood education efforts, mental health awareness and treatment, and assistance for formerly incarcerated persons. Chief Brown resides in Dallas with his wife and daughter. This is his first book.

Byron Pitts was named ABC News Nightline co-anchor in 2014. Mr. Pitts joined ABC News in April 2013 as anchor and Chief National Correspondent covering national news stories and in-depth features for the network, reporting for all broadcasts and platforms including Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer, This Week and 20/20. Pitts also reports for all ABC News digital properties including ABCNews.com.