Dallas police chief David Brown, left, and mayor Mike Rawlings, right, during a news conference, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Dallas. Five police officers are dead and several injured following a shooting in downtown Dallas Thursday night. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Photo: Eric Gay
Photo: Eric Gay

Dallas PD is a national model of how to avoid lethal force

>> Read more trending stories

That could be why complaints from citizens against Dallas police for use of force have drastically dropped in the last few years, especially in 2015.

Dallas police have also worked to improve community relations, particularly with the city's black community.

"We won't militarize our policing standards," Dallas Police Chief David Brown said this week. "We were blocking traffic and doing all the things to protect people's right to protest."

Brown has even received praise from police watchdogs. 

"The freedom to protest, the freedom of speech, the freedom of expression — all freedoms we fight for, with our lives," Brown said.

Thank you for reading the Springfield News-Sun and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Springfield News-Sun. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.