Dallas Police Protest Leader Released from Jail

Other civil rights leaders distance themselves from Dominique Alexander

Dallas police protest leader Dominique Alexander was released from jail Thursday, one day after his arrest Wednesday at a City Hall protest.

Alexander said he was unfairly targeted for arrest on a minor matter in retribution for criticizing police.

"Just because it is legal, doesn't mean that it's just," Alexander said.

Alexander and members of his group, Next Generation Action Network, delivered a new list of police reform demands to Dallas city leaders Wednesday from the national group

"We were protesting because our goal is to try to get the Dallas Police Department to implement some of the Campaign Zero initiatives, that will help improve the relationship between law enforcement and the communities which they serve," said Alexander's attorney Kim Cole.

Cole said Alexander was arrested for an outstanding $367 toll tag fine.

It came after Alexander refused a request from Dallas Police Chief David Brown to cancel a downtown protest Wednesday evening. The protest went on with Alexander in jail overnight.

"The fact of the matter is, holding police accountable and trying to keep the citizens of this city safe has nothing to do with his personal business," Cole said.

Veteran Dallas civil rights leader Rev. Ronald Wright disagreed.

"I'm definitely going to make sure I'm not a target for the police to come and get me any time they want to because of my background," Wright said. "So that's what Dominique needs to do right now. He needs to stand down, get his act together."

Records show 27-year-old Alexander has a Dallas County arrest record dating back to 2007 for injury to a child, forgery, theft, false report, evading arrest, fare evasion and probation violations.

"What happened in your background makes the whole organization look ridiculous," Wright said.

Wright said the Campaign Zero national demands include things already accomplished in Dallas.

"These are not the issues," Wright said. "I want to support this young generation in doing some things, but they need to know what they're doing, and how to do it. You don't march just to march, because that's costing taxpayers money."

Alexander said the Campaign Zero issues are still relevant in Dallas.

"Of course we have community policing, but is the community policing being effective," Alexander asked.

Alexander said he has a following and refuses to stop his protests.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown declined comment on Alexander Thursday.

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