Dallas Peacemaker Wants to Help in Milwaukee

DALLAS -- While this weekend's riots in Milwaukee weren't related to last month's one-man ambush on police in Dallas, the nation-wide frustrations that led to the violence were all too similar.

But Joseph Offutt, a Dallas activist, saw something else in the aftermath of his city's darkest day.

"Something truly amazing happened," said Offutt. "You had the whole country come into Dallas, to support one another.  Not just for the police officers, but for the citizens."

Back in July, Offutt was among the protesters from opposing groups, who crossed the street and came together, in a video that went viral.

Then, a few weeks later, he took that message of unity to Cleveland, during the Republican National Convention.

"Obviously, we had people clashing, so we started telling people, 'Come on, join hands, join hands,'" Offutt recalled. "We did a prayer, for a bond to happen between law enforcement and the people they serve."

Now, his group - Operation Bridging America - is raising money to take that Texas togetherness to Milwaukee.

"We were Dallas strong," Offutt told NewsFix. "Now Milwaukee, we're coming to you.  We're gonna show you how we did it here in Dallas, with the police department and the citizens."

Yeah, maybe folks in Milwaukee should take some notes from Big D.  After all, we all know setting fires to neighborhoods isn't going to help change anything for the better.