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Photo Essay: Dallas Activists Protest Charges In Breonna Taylor Case & The City Budget

Photo of protesters holding signs, arriving at the Dallas City Hall parking garage.
Keren Carrión
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KERA News
Protesters arrive at the Dallas City Hall parking garage, where officials have been making decisions about the Dallas city budget all afternoon. Demonstrators banged on the door and demanded city council defund the police.

As the city council voted on the budget Wednesday night, protesters rallied in front of the Dallas City Hall and police headquarters following the news of the indictment of an officer in Breonna Taylor’s case.

Photo of protesters in a line blocking the intersection in front of Dallas Police Headquarters.
Keren Carrión
Protesters line up to block the intersection in front of the Dallas Police Department following the news of the indictment of an officer in Breonna Taylor’s case, on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The news came on the day officials began voting on the Dallas city budget.

A Kentucky grand jury indicted one of the three Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in the shooting that killed Breonna Taylor in March. The news sparked a peaceful demonstration in downtown Dallas Wednesday night, as the city council was voting to finalize the $3.8 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Photo of protester with BLM written on the back of his sleeveless shirt walking down S Lamar St. in Dallas.
Keren Carrión
Protesters march down South Lamar Street in Dallas demanding justice for Breonna Taylor.

For months, many Dallas activists have been calling for city leaders to defund police in the upcoming budget.

Photo of protester sign that reads "if you ever wondered what you'd do during slavery, the holocaust, the civil rights movement, you're doing it right now."
Keren Carrión
The group of demonstrators made its way from Dallas Police Headquarters to Dallas City Hall.

Despite calls to slash $200 million from the police and divert that money to social and community services, the department’s $500 million budget will remain mostly intact.

Photo of activist Dominique Alexander talking into a bullhorn public address system with a crowd around.
Keren Carrión
Dominique Alexander, a community activist with Next Generation Action Network, made a speech not only about bringing justice to Breonna Taylor, but also criticized the mayor and the Dallas city budget. “We have to make this city uncomfortable,” Alexander said.

The announcement in the Breonna Taylor case sparked protests in Louisville and around the country Wednesday night.

Photo of demonstrator outside Dallas City Hall with a raised fist. The light of a helicopter can be seen in the sky above.
Keren Carrión
A helicopter followed the protest throughout evening. It could be seen from Dallas City Hall.

Two Louisville Metropolitan Police officers were shot as protesters marched in the city. Both were hospitalized but Louisville Chief Robert Schroeder said they were both "non-threatening injuries."

Photo of Deborah Spanier standing in a crowd wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt shouting with her fist in the air.
Keren Carrión
Deborah Spanier shouts, “Say Her Name,” in front of Dallas City Hall during Wednesday’s protest. Spanier, a teacher in Oak Cliff, said of her students, “I want those babies to feel just as important as everyone else.”

The final Dallas city budget did feature a few changes to police funding, though much less significant than what activists had requested.

Photo of protesters holdings signs that read "Say her name, Breonna Taylor, Black Lives Matter" and "Cops aren't supposed to kill guilty people either."
Keren Carrión
Signs about Breonna Taylor and police brutality seen at Wednesday night’s protest in Dallas.

The budget allocates funding for the expansion of the RIGHT Care program that pairs police, EMS and mental health professionals together to handle mental health emergencies.

Photo of  Dallas police with crowd control shields encountering protesters in the Dallas City Hall parking garage.
Keren Carrión
Protesters were met by Dallas police officers carrying large crowd-control shields during their second arrival at the Dallas City Hall parking garage. Demonstrators shouted, “I don’t see no riot here, why are you in riot gear?”

Council also put money toward expanding the Office of Community Police Oversight, programs to reduce implicit bias and training in de-escalation and less-lethal tactics.

Photo of protesters with phones raised recording police.
Keren Carrión
People recorded the exchange between protesters and police officers Wednesday night.

The city also expanded funding for 3,000 additional mobile internet hotspots in hopes of increasing access among the more than 40% of Dallas households that don’t have internet service.

Photo of phone showing exchange between police and protesters.
Keren Carrión
Despite police wearing gear indicating they were prepared for an out of control crowd, there was no violence between the parties.

Keren Carrión is a corps member with Report For America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. Got a tip? Email Keren at Kcarrion@kera.org. You can follow Keren on Twitter @kerencarrion8.

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