DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Police Department put out a statement Thursday afternoon regarding tonight’s downtown protest organized by the Next Generation Action Network.
The group is rallying at 6:o0 p.m. at Belo Gardens in response to recent police killings of black men in Tulsa and Charlotte.
The DPD statement says:
The Dallas Police Department will not interfere with a lawful and peaceful assembly of any individuals or groups expressing their first amendment rights. The Dallas Police Department will take enforcement action if any type of criminal offense is committed against any person or property. Enforcement action will also be taken if demonstrators illegally impede traffic in the roadway or attempt to shut down a freeway. The safety of our officers and citizens is the primary concern as individuals or groups gather to express their first amendment rights.
The Next Generation Action Network said in its news release Wednesday it is “standing in solidarity with the families and all of those who want justice for all. These heinous acts of violence committed under color of law by out of control law enforcement officers have to stop.”
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