Dallas County Taskforce releases report to advance social justice, policing reforms

 

Special to The Dallas Examiner

 

As thousands took to Dallas streets protesting the unarmed killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in May, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins met with local clergy, activists and city officials to discuss what collective efforts could be forged to stop the killing of unarmed Black people and promote more just interactions between police and communities of color.

Meeting participants developed 10 directives aimed to tackle the problem directly and asked Jenkins to form a working group of community and city leaders to see how local tax dollars could work toward the group’s goal.

“Our initial Zoom call wasn’t just about feeling heard, it was about developing an opportunity for real systemic change,” said Jenkins, who organized the countywide task force to determine how best to meet the group’s overall goals.

The Working Group on New Directions for Public Safety and


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