Community Reacts to John Wiley Price Arrest, Indictment

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Dallas — John Wiley Price, the polarizing politician known to his constituents as “Our Man Downtown,” went down, along with three other associates, in a federal indictment released Friday. Price is accused of taking close to $1 million in bribes.

Serious Allegations, some say, are nothing more than an attempt to quiet an outspoken leader.

“John Wiley Price has done more for this community and more for the people, not just black people but people in general than we can even numerate on a piece of paper,” Juanita Wallace, President of the Dallas NAACP said.

“It appears to me, it is a high level profiling issue. If they dig deep enough they could find something on you, you, you, and me,” she said.

In Price`s District 3, opinions on the streets were mixed.

“I never really cared for him, he`s created too much ruckus,” constituent Gary Keeton said. “What he did, he`s guilty of, and he should serve his time.”

“I just always wonder why there is a witch hunt about him; there are people on the board,” Pam White said.

Price maintains his innocence and says it won’t stop him from doing his job.

“I’m heading back to work,” he told reporters as he left the Earle Cabell Federal Building on Friday, after he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Only time will tell how, if at all, “Our Man Downtown” will be viewed around town, as his case continues.

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