Nearly two months after five Dallas police officers were killed by a sniper, the city’s police officials have moved to silence critics and squelch lingering questions about the attack, reports the Associated Press. Officers have been told to ticket protesters who block or disrupt traffic, and Police Chief David Brown has refused to meet with demonstrators unless they agree to end their marches through downtown, which he says pose a threat to officers. Authorities have also refused to release even the most basic information about the slayings, including any details about the weapons used, the autopsy findings and ballistics tests that could establish whether any officers were hit by friendly fire. Police have indicated that such information could be withheld almost indefinitely.
In addition, the police department’s most vocal, visible critic — Dominique Alexander, a 27-year-old self-styled preacher with a criminal history — has been arrested multiple times in the last month on warrants that include unpaid traffic tickets and attempts to revoke his probation from a 2009 felony. On Friday, Dominique Alexander was ordered to prison. “Why all of a sudden are we the target?” asked Damon Crenshaw, vice president of the Next Generation Action Network. Crenshaw said Alexander was targeted because of his protests and that the shooter, Micah Johnson, was not affiliated with their group. Dallas has a history of cracking down on protesters.