DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A pair of protests Friday night will put a voice to concerns over law enforcement issues in North Texas. However, with about 1,000 people expected to be in attendance, the demonstrations bring up questions about safety.
Mothers Against Police Brutality said that this will be a peaceful protest. And they plan on having their own security on hand to make sure that it stays that way.
In the past, outside groups have shown up to their protests and taken them onto North Texas freeways. Hopefully, that will not happen on Friday night.
The protest in Dallas is a call for justice, similar to those seen in New York, Baltimore and other cities across the nation.
Freddie Gray suffered a severed spinal cord and died in police custody in Baltimore last week. The organizers of Friday night’s rally said that there are cases here in Dallas involving police killings that need the same kind of attention. Their rally begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Frank Crowley Courts Building.
Meanwhile, at the same time, protesters will meet at Dallas City Hall for a second rally. They are against legislation that would let police officers question people about their immigration status during traffic stops. They are also begging Gov. Greg Abbott to drop his lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, which would shield millions of people living in the United States illegally from deportation.
When the separate rallies are over, they will meet up at the Belo Gardens for one combined show of support. While the thread of law enforcement unites them, organizers from the two groups said that the overall message is about dignity.