Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, a Democrat, said this week that the county will consider more than $5 million for new “social justice” programs.
He characterized the move as a response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“I think it’s very important that we as a community respond to the murder of George Floyd with something other than sympathy,” Jenkins told local media.
“[I]n September on the county’s agenda we’ll ask for little over $5 million for these programs that we want to do in Dallas County.”
Jenkins formed a task force this summer that released a 46-page report last week detailing ten “new directions” that the task force wants the county to act on to “advance social justice” and make changes to policing.
The task force considered testimony from persons affected by “incarceration, poverty, and mental health crises.”
The spending would be part of efforts to “stop the killing of unarmed black people and promote more just interactions between police and communities of color.”
There has been ongoing violence across the country since May over the deaths of black Americans at the hands of police after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd.
Meanwhile, a majority of black Americans support keeping the police in their neighborhoods.
A Gallup poll conducted between June 23 and July 6 sought to determine whether Americans wanted the police to spend more time, less time, or the same amount of time in their neighborhoods.
61 percent of black Americans said they want the police to spend the same amount of time, 20 percent said they want the police to spend more time, and only 19 percent said they want the police to spend less time in their neighborhood.
Per the same poll, 67 percent of U.S. adults overall said “the same amount of time,” 19 percent said “more time,” and 14 percent said “less time.”
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Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan in Dallas. During the academic year, he coaches high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.