People in Dallas search for common ground after police protest

People in Dallas are trying to find a middle ground in the wake of new rounds of police brutality protests.

A crowd of about a hundred turned out Thursday night in downtown Dallas for a protest and march. Tensions were kept to a minimum. 

Police presence was visibly stepped up, most likely in wake of  he deadly police ambush following a march in July that left five officers dead .

"There is no way the city of Dallas can repeat what happened on July 7th and one of the major steps in preventing that from happening again is we've gotta have everybody at the table,” said Lt. Thomas Glover, Black Police Association of Greater Dallas. “We need to sit down and talk to people like Black Lives Matter, Next Generation Action Network so we can come up with viable solutions.”

Next Generation Action Network joined forces with the NAACP, the Nation of Islam Dallas Mosque No. 48 and well-known Dallas pastor Freddie Haynes -- all among those united with the Black Police Association. 

As a group they've compiled a list of seven suggested policing reforms they'd like to see begin in Dallas and spread throughout the U.S.

"Bad apples often come from a bad tree. What we're saying is we want to fix the tree and we need to fix the forest... America has got to wake up," said Pastor Freddy Haynes, Friendship West Baptist Church.

Lt. Glover summed up his group’s feelings by stating: "We are pro-police, but we are anti-police brutality, we're anti-police misconduct and last we are anti-violence against police officers."

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