Advocates hope AG visit increases police, community dialogue

Easing tensions between communities and police

DALLAS -- Ahead of the highly anticipated visit of Attorney General Loretta Lynch to Dallas this week, community advocates are watching closely to see just what exactly is discussed.

Colette Flanagan lost her son, Clinton Allen, in 2013 after he was shot and killed by a Dallas police officer.

She has been a advocate ever since trying to improve community and police relations.

Flanagan hopes Lynch's visit, and events with Dallas police, are more than just a photo opportunity.

"We want policemen to look at our children like they see their children. They want to come home at night, and they want to come home at night. That's community policing," she says.

Lynch's visit comes as part of the effort to raise awareness for National Community Policing Week. National Night Out, which traditionally brings officers and their communities together, is on Tuesday.

Alisa Simmons thinks the visit could be beneficial to North Texas as a whole.

As the head of the Arlington chapter of the NAACP, she has had recent experience with unarmed black men dying in law enforcement situations.

Christian Taylor was shot at a car dealership last year, and Jonathan Paul died in the Arlington jail earlier in 2015.

"Hopefully, they're not just for PR purposes and she addresses some tough issues," she says. 

Simmons says her chapter has a good relationship with Arlington police.


 

 

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