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Abbott declares state of disaster; Dallas leaders to consider curfew after nearly 90 arrested in protests
Mayor Eric Johnson says most of the people who were arrested Saturday night, early Sunday were not from the city.
Mayor Eric Johnson, speaking Sunday morning on WFAA-TV (Channel 8), said “a large majority’ of people who were arrested last night were not from Dallas.
He said city leaders would discuss imposing a curfew similar to other cities’, including San Antonio’s.
“Curfews are a law enforcement tool,” Johnson told WFAA reporter Jason Whitely. “It’s not something that you impose without there having to be any change in your policing strategy.”
He said the police department would need to tell him, the city manager and other officials whether it has decided a curfew is necessary. So far the department’s leadership has not urged a curfew.
If police ask for it, Johnson said, he will support it.
A police spokeswoman said Sunday morning that she had no information to provide yet.
Authorities declined to provide an updated count of arrests and said they were still assessing property damage.
Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax tweeted Sunday morning that he and Police Chief U. Reneé Hall would “review all tactics deployed to identify areas of improvement.”
“Feelings of anger are valid,” he said. “To heal from this we must unite as One Dallas.”
About 10:45 p.m. Saturday, police said 74 people had been arrested, with each of them facing a charge of inciting a riot.
After midnight Sunday, the department said on Twitter that 15 more people who were suspected of vandalizing buildings had been taken into custody.
Some of the damage to buildings was concentrated in Uptown, where on Sunday morning people were cleaning up and replacing shattered windows at the Whole Foods grocery store on McKinney Avenue. The store was looted Saturday night, officials said. Nearby, the windows of Gold’s Gym and Fogo de Chão were broken.
A little over a mile away from the store, a viral video captured a group attacking an unidentified man, stomping and kicking him in Victory Park. Police said the man, who was severely beaten, had been armed with a machete to “allegedly protect his neighborhood from protesters.” He was in stable condition.
Activists have not publicized plans for large-scale protests Sunday, but a vigil has been planned for 3 p.m. at Freedman’s Memorial Cemetery, 2700 Lemmon Ave. in Uptown. Clergy members also will have a prayer gathering at 5 p.m. at Dallas Police Headquarters.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit service, which was suspended in downtown Dallas during the protests Saturday night, was resumed by 3:30 a.m. Sunday, according to a DART spokesman.
Next Generation Action Network, a Dallas social justice organization, announced a solidarity rally and march set for 6:30 p.m. Monday. The rally will begin at Dallas Police Department headquarters on Lamar Street.