Faith, Community Leaders Denounce Move to Send Troopers to Help Dallas Fight Crime

Texas state troopers guard the Texas Governor's Mansion.
Texas state troopers guard the Texas Governor's Mansion.

This story, originally published in The Dallas Morning News, is reprinted as part of a collaborative partnership between The Dallas Morning News and TMN. The partnership seeks to boost coverage of Dallas’s communities of color, particularly in southern Dallas.

By Nic Garcia
Dallas Morning News Writer

The coalition argued that Mayor Eric Johnson and Gov. Greg Abbott must do more to help the poor rather than flood neighborhoods with law enforcement.

Dallas faith leaders and community activists on Tuesday [November 24th] called on Mayor Eric Johnson and Gov. Greg Abbott to reverse the decision to send state troopers to help solve crimes in the city, arguing that more law enforcement will not curb most of the violence that happens inside homes among relatives.

Instead, the government should be focused on finding resources to support traditionally underserved communities of Black and Latino Dallasites who have been set back even further by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, they said.

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