DALLAS (AP) — The Next Generation Action Network has held more than 50 protests against police brutality since the group was founded in August 2014 after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Most of the protests have drawn small crowds.
So it surprised Dominique Alexander, a 27-year-old Baptist preacher and the civil rights group’s founder, and others to see downtown Dallas flooded with hundreds of people. They celebrated the proof of their movement’s vitality — until they heard the shots fired that killed five police officers.
Alexander is among several young activists who grew up on Dallas’ impoverished South Side and have coalesced around the issue of police brutality, reviving a civil rights movement in a city whose leaders often tout its progress with diversity.