DALLAS, TEXAS: After the violent insurgence at the U.S. Capitol, which results in five dead and arrests of more than 100 people, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson and the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum co-facilitated a panel looking back at the year on Tuesday. Just before the inauguration, they discussed racism, anti-Semitism, policing, and violent crime in Dallas.
The panelists included Community Police Oversight Board Chairman Jesuorobo Enobakhare Jr.; Incoming Dallas Police Chief Eddie García; the Rev. Maria Dixon Hall, a Southern Methodist University professor; T.D. Jakes, bishop of The Potter’s House Church; and Rabbi Andrew Paley of the Temple Shalom.
García, the former San Jose, Calif. police chief is one who will take over Dallas’ force on Feb. 3. García said it was prominent to not paint law enforcement with a “broad brush.” The police command structure had fallen apart on Jan. 6 and the information about likely threats was not given, according to the associated press. García said the police deserve scrutiny for not acting on intelligence.
García said, “Obviously, mistakes were made. There’s no question about it. I know me and my other colleagues at the Major City Chiefs Association really truly have to question that.”
Showing the negative parts of law enforcement’s history police need to do a better job in order to understand how that has affected communities, particularly those of color, García said. “We need to educate our officers and our individuals in our academies that learning Texas law is just as important as learning about the atrocities in American law enforcement,” he said.