Tense Moments At Downtown Dallas Protest; No Violence, No Arrests

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The protest organized by the Next Generation Action Network in Downtown Dallas got tense during the march.

At St. Paul and Main Street many of the estimated 100-plus protesters would not get out of the street.

Police in riot gear showed up briefly, but the confrontation never got physical.

After some discussion between Dallas officers and a protest organizer, protesters got back on the sidewalk and police stepped back as well.

There were no arrests or any violence.

“It’s never really a win,” said protester Omai Kofi.  “It’s just matter of saying, ‘hey we’re here.’ We see what’s going we want to let our voices be heard. We’re just exercising our First Amendment right and constantly we’re being showed how our First Amendment right doesn’t even matter.”

Meantime, the leader of the group, Dominique Alexander, got out of prison Thursday.

Dominique Alexander at downtown Dallas protest (Ken Molestina - CBS11)

Dominique Alexander at downtown Dallas protest (Ken Molestina – CBS11)

Alexander’s probation for an unrelated charge of injury to a child was revoked in August. His release early Thursday from a potential five-year sentence came after a judge recalculated time already served.

Alexander is an ordained Baptist preacher and convicted felon whose uncle died in a police-involved shooting.

At one point, counter-protesters showed up, one with a “Blue Lives Matter” sign and a few others carrying guns.

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