Dallas City Council District 3 candidates and the police

March 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

Last night the Dallas Examiner hosted another night of Monday Night Politics featuring all six candidates of District 3. Instead of every first Monday, DE will be hosting a candidate forum every Monday from the districts with an upcoming election.IMG_20150303_102451

The room was packed and the acoustics at African American Museum was bad as always. It is especially telling when people behind you are talking while the candidates reply to Q&A. Any-who, Matt Thomas was the host and he did a good job of taking over Casey Thomas’ previous stint.

Most of the conversation consisted of economic development. What to do about the food desert? Safe neighborhoods. And everyone’s favorite, wild dogs. Speaking of canines, I passed by two on the S 67 Hwy. and West Loop 12 exit after the event.

That’s all the talk in Dallas. While this is fine, some of us have additional concerns and wish to see where the candidates stand on legal issues. Some of us still pay attention to police brutality. Some of us are hurt that the City of Cleveland blamed Tamir Rice death on himself. (Note: this in response to the wrongful death lawsuit–separate from officer indicment. There is still chance of indictment.) Many of us are seeing to it that such acts will not be replicated in the city of Dallas.

Rev. Britt expressed support for not only granting Citizen Review Board subpoena and other investigative authorities but for also requiring special prosecutors in officer involved shooting cases. No other candidate took it this far.

B.D. Howard and Wini Cannon, both attorneys, agreed with strengthening the CRB. Howard continued saying, “not even the police officers take the CRB seriously.” Casey Thomas, an assistant principal, echoed similar sentiments. The other two candidates, Joe Tave and Kermit Mitchell, a history teacher and a minister, were not knowledgeable about the subject.

This is great news for anyone interested in this subject of police accountability and justice. Three of six candidates hold what I evaluate as positive positions. Britt holds a lot of weight in Dallas and could be used to align with any movement in pursuant of a special prosecutor in the future.

Though many focus on the President and state governors, a different conversation involving a city council’s role in criminal justice and police brutality is necessary. City council does, in fact, play a role in police accountability and establishing justice, two ingredients to bettering police-community relations.

Lastly, much praise to the African American Museum who hold such events free of cost. Enough with the praise–this is another reason why you should support this great place.

Paul Quinn College’s new Urban College Model

February 20, 2015 § 3 Comments

Of all the problems with higher education, Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell doesn’t talk much about them. President Sorrell, better known as “Prez”, is more interested in changing the status quo than talking about what can’t be done. In short, Prez is a solution-seeker. « Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome, Susan Hawk; Dallas DA’s expectations

January 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

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If you are a student of the legal/criminal justice system like myself or became a legal expert after high profile grand jury cases involving police shooting black men, then this may be of interest.

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Texas Congressional Community Policing Summit 2015

January 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

I was given the opportunity to be an advisor for a panelist at the Texas Congressional Community Policing Summit at UTA in Arlington. « Read the rest of this entry »

5 things to know about Texas’ police body camera bill

January 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

In case you were wondering where the State of Texas stood on requiring law enforcement to wear body cameras, TXSB 158 was introduced on November 11 « Read the rest of this entry »

Where is the Texas legislature on police body cameras?

December 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

In case you were wondering where the State of Texas stood on requiring law enforcement to wear body cameras, TXSB 158 sponsored by Sen. West was introduced on November 11, a week before Missouri governor announced a state of emergency in anticipation of grand jury decision.

The bill text can be found here.

Here are the important pieces:

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Blacks should take notes from Jews

December 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

By putting their own first Texas junior Senator Ted Cruz made his position clear on the primacy of Israel and the Jewish community. I can’t for the life of me find the speech he made in New York City to the Zionist Organization of America but Dallas Morning News has some lines. « Read the rest of this entry »

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