Check Out Some Photos From This Weekend’s Police Brutality Protests Throughout Downtown And Catch Up On Where Things Stand At The Moment.
All photos taken Friday, May 29, by Carly May.
All weekend long, we’ve been on the ground following the protests across the city that have been calling on justice for George Floyd and, to a larger degree, an end for the killing of countless black Americans all over this country at the hands of police.
Along with the above photos, which showcase the scene on Friday night, here’s a quick look at where things stand right now:
- Thousands of protesters peacefully gathered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Dallas, where they were met by members of local, state and even national law enforcement agencies. Throughout our live broadcasts on the ground, we watched police use tools like tear gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets on protesters.
- According to the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall personally approved the use of tear gas by DPD. This marks the first use of tear gas by the department in 30 years, experts believe. At a press conference on Saturday, Hall doubled down on this decision: “As I tried to defuse the situation along with the officers, we were not successful,” she said, commenting on the scene at the intersection of Young and Griffin at about 9:30 p.m. on Friday night, at which point the demonstration escalated into a standoff between protesters and law enforcement. “And to ensure that no one was harmed or injured, we made the decision to deploy [tear gas].”
- During Saturday’s protests, DPD arrested nearly 90 protesters. A donation-based bail fund has been launched by a group called Faith In Texas to help cover costs on this front. In an interview with WFAA on Sunday morning, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said “a large majority” of those arrested were not residents of Dallas proper.
- On Sunday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster, effectively activating the national guard. Mayor Johnson shortly thereafter followed suit, declaring a local state of disaster, enacting in conjunction with Chief Hall a curfew that will last “the next several days” from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for Downtown Dallas and the surrounding neighborhoods of Deep Ellum, Victory Park, Uptown, Farmer’s Market, The Cedars and the West End, with boundaries along Corinth Street, Riverfront Boulevard, Oak Lawn Avenue and Peak Street.
In the coming days, we will be sharing additional articles on the situation reflecting from our on-the-ground reporting and more.