On Guard: Dallas Groups Prep for Ferguson National Response

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DALLAS, TX—Missouri's governor isn’t even waiting for the Grand Jury in Ferguson to declare a State of Emergency. Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday and folks all around the country are bracing themselves if Ofc. Darren Wilson isn’t indicted for shooting Michael Brown.

Dozens of cities, including Dallas, are taking part in the Ferguson National Response, with protests planned the day after Wilson finds out whether or not he’s indicted.

“Most people do not want to believe that the police will shoot dead an unarmed person, but it does happen. The public and the officer both need a fair trial,” John Fullinwider with Mothers Against Police Brutality said.

That’s why Mothers Against Police Brutality is ready to protest in front of DPD Headquarters.  The organization started when one of the founders’ sons was shot and killed by police.

“If Officer Wilson is not indicted in the homicide of Michael Brown, we will be joining other groups in a day of protests, a day after the indictment’s been announced,” Fullinwider added.

Officer involved shootings are not foreign to Dallas.  Geoff Henley is working on the case of Jason Harrison, a mentally ill man who was shot and killed by Dallas Police.  Harrison only had a screwdriver in his hand.

“Unfortunately, officers are just ill-equipped,” Henley said.  “They have a tendency to interpret these things as criminal behavior too readily.  It appears that there’s ample reason for people to be extraordinarily angry in what’s taken place in Ferguson.”

DPD said in a statement, they don’t anticipate any violent protests here. “We have adequate resources in place to address any situation that may arise.”