There could be problems ahead for the Dallas Police Department. Leaders with a local organization say they’re preparing to file a federal civil rights complaint against the force and the City of Dallas.
In a formal filing made Thursday with the U.S. Attorneys Office, the group Dallas Communities Organizing for Change alleges he DPD has a pattern of abuse and racially based excessive force.
According to the group, the truth is all about data and the numbers tell the story. There have been more than a dozen DPD involved shootings so far this year and the percentages disproportionately involve black and Latino victims.
DCOC officials say they’ve documented years of excessive use of force by Dallas police officers and they want the U.S. Department of Justice to penalize the City of Dallas and the department over what they see as evidence of widespread police use of deadly and excessive force against minorities.
Kooper Caraway, with Dallas Communities for Change, said, “They [police] choose to use force much more when it comes to dealing with black and brown people than against white citizens of this community.”