DALLAS - A controversial protest organizer is out of jail after his arrest on Wednesday for old traffic warrants. But a new warrant could put him back behind bars.
Dominique Alexander, founder of the Next Generation Action Network, was arrested for 10 outstanding warrants. He was arrested shortly after disrupting a Dallas City Council meeting twice and planning a protest for the evening.
Alexander was released from the Lew Sterrett Jail on Thursday. He and his attorney, Kim Cole, talked to reporters about his arrest, including his warrants for fines connected to traffic violations.
Judge Gracie Lewis also issued a new warrant for Alexander's arrest for a probation violation associated with a 2009 case of serious bodily injury to a child.
The court coordinator said the system likely did not update in time to prevent Alexander from being released.
Alexander is currently serving a seven-year probation sentence on the case.
Alexander and Cole said his was a vendetta stemming from his clash with Dallas Police Chief David Brown. They reiterated they are asking city leaders to consider implementing several changes to better the relationship between police and minority communities
"Yes, he's human. He's made mistakes,” said Cole. “He's committed crimes for which he has served his time and done his public service for.”
"I was not the only person that did an outburst in City Hall. I was detained from the sixth floor, so they already knew what they were going to do,” said Alexander. “They already had a personal situation or vendetta. There were many people that said something. Why was I targeted?"
Chief Brown had asked Alexander to cancel the protest because of the potential danger. He said the fatigue factor among the rank and file officers is still too high for more protests.
Brown said the marchers would not be allowed to block traffic and suggested if they find some other place to gather rather than downtown Dallas.
But Alexander refused to back down and his group marched from Main Street Garden to the county jail, where he was held.
Dallas police said he had nine warrants out of the Dallas Police Department totaling $5,000 and one warrant out of the Collin County Sheriff’s Office totaling $397. Police did not specify what the warrants were for, but sources say they were all for traffic violations.
Alexander is the man who organized the police protest on July 7, which ended with five officers dead in an ambush attack. His organization was not connected to the attack.
The Next Generation Action Network said it refuses to stop protesting until its demands are met. The group wants the department’s use of force and community policing policies reviewed and wants officers to undergo consistent racial bias training.