Dallas activist Dominique Alexander arrested on family violence charges

Community activist Dominique Alexander is behind bars following an alleged family violence incident.

Alexander was arrested Thursday evening on a felony aggravated assault charge and a misdemeanor charge related to the family violence allegation. He's also being held in the Dallas County jail for other charges out of Dallas and Arlington.

Dallas police said an individual went to the Northwest Patrol Division on Wednesday to report two allegations of family violence involving Alexander. The department's Family Violence Unit began investigating the allegation.

"People has been ready to take me down since day one, but the devil will not win at all," Alexander posted on his Facebook page Wednesday night.

The 30-year-old has been a prominent activist the past several years in Dallas, most notably organizing the anti-police violence rally on July 7, 2016 that ended in gunfire by a person not involved in the protest. Five Dallas officers were killed and several others, including some civilians, were injured.

His Next Generation Action Network has kept a high profile since then, most notably with a series of protests after the shooting death of an unarmed man by a Dallas officer in his own apartment last year.

Alexander has had previous run-ins with the law. He was sentenced to five years in prison for an incident where a 2-year-old child was shaken. He only served a handful of days, though, because he was given time served. Other convictions included theft of a vehicle, check forgery, evading arrest and filing a false police report.

The current domestic violence case will not be handled by the Dallas County District Attorney's Office because of a conflict of interest. Alexander campaigned for DA John Creuzot so he said he will recuse the office from the case and ask the judge to appoint a pro tem.