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DALLAS (CBS11) – Less than five weeks after the deadly police ambush in downtown Dallas following a protest, a third rally took place in the same area.
The rally, organized by Next Generation Action Network, was the first without its leader Dominique Alexander.
“He’s human. He’s human. I’ve had traffic tickets and warrants before,” said Kim T. Cole, Alexander’s Lawyer.
Police said Alexander was issued a criminal trespass warning while he was at Wednesday’s city council meeting and arrested for nine alias warrants and one hold from Collin County Sheriff’s Office.
Cole questioned the timing.
Just prior to the schedule rally, Dallas Police Chief David Brown replied to an email from Alexander requesting a meeting.
“I will meet with you on the condition that you publicly agree to discontinue protests in the downtown area given the tragic circumstances of July 7 and the associated concerns for our officer’s safety…and that you choose a protest location more tactically advantageous to officer safety,” wrote Brown.
Alexander replied he would cancel the march portion but not the protest.
“You can draw your own conclusion,” said Cole.
The group eventually marched to Lew Sterrett Justice Center and demanded Alexander’s released. Deputies denied the large group access to the lobby but allowed Alexander’s lawyer to come inside.
During the rally portion in downtown, counter-protesters interacted with the protest group asking about unity.
After minutes of back and forth and some arguing, a prayer circle was formed. Not everyone within the protest group joined in on the moment.
“They still have their agenda,” said Joseph Offutt, who organized the counter-protest. “You see they’re now in streets chanting no justice no peace, hands up don’t shoot.”
The group did march through downtown despite Alexander agreeing to keep the event to a rally.
There were no reports of arrests during the protest.
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