Deep Ellum Community Watch

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    Started 2 petitions

    Petitioning T.C. Broadnax, Mike Rawlings & City Council, Jon E. Fortune

    Dallas Police PAY is the most IMPORTANT issue for new City of Dallas budget

    Our Request:  We respectfully ask that Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax, Mayor Mike Rawlings, and the entire City Council work to ensure that all personnel and equipment needs of the Dallas Police Department take precedence over everything else in the upcoming review and approval of the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 fiscal budgets. Background:  Over the past 24 months, the Dallas Police Department has suffered the loss of 6 officers plus countless injuries to other officers in addition to having hundreds of others that have either left or retired from the force. Local law enforcement suffered the tragic loss of 5 officers on July 7, 2016 who were simply working to ensure the safety of protestors in downtown. The officers were gunned down by a cowardly sniper and several other officers were injured. This crime, here in Dallas, was the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since the 9/11 attacks. The officers lost on July 7, 2016 include: DPD Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens DPD Officer Michael Krol DPD Sgt. Michael Smith DART PD Officer Brent Thompson DPD Officer Patricio "Patrick" Zamarripa Then, on April 24, 2018, rookie Officer Rogelio Santander was shot at almost point blank range by a shoplifter; his partner, Crystal Almeida was shot in the face and seriously injured.  Now, on July 21, 2018, the community mourns the loss of DPD Senior Cpl. Earl "Jamie" Givens who lost his life due to being hit by an alleged drunk driver as he was helping to escort to the final resting place the body of another DPD Officer that had succumbed to cancer.        If the loss and injuries of so many officers in such a brief time wasn't enough, there is also the situation of the extreme mismanagement of the police officer's pension fund through bad investments. Granted, the State of Texas forced the City to accept a solution to ensure the fund was on the path to being refunded; however, that solution will take years to be addressed and the pension fund had been the proverbial carrot for years to attract good candidates to the force since the average pay wasn’t as strong as surrounding communities. Current Situation: Without this lucrative pension, with a depleted police force, and lower pay than many surrounding cities and towns, candidates are not signing up to work with DPD in the droves that they once were and this is placing an undue hardship on the officers that continue to work for DPD.   Our community has DPD Officers that are mentally, emotionally, and spiritually taxed to the hilt. We cannot in good conscious ask them to take on any more because, simply put, they have been through too much, too fast. We cannot ask them to accept any more half-measures in the way of solutions. We can no longer ask them to accept lower pay than surrounding communities; DPD pay must be as competitive or better than the surrounding communities.   Conclusion: There is no issue in the City of Dallas that should be taking precedence over this and we, the citizens, and our elected and hired officials, owe it to our police officers to ensure the budgets for fiscal years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 have the needs of DPD placed above and beyond any other item on the proposed budgets.  Therefore, we respectfully ask for the Dallas City Manager, Mayor, and City Council to do their utmost in ensuring the personnel and equipment needs of the Dallas Police Department are addressed and funded in their entirety in the budgets for FY 2018-2019 and 2019-2010. Sincerely…  Deep Ellum Community Watch & Deep Ellum Neighbors Association Board of Directors

    Deep Ellum Community Watch
    2,592 supporters
    Petitioning Dallas District Attorney Faith Johnson

    Ask Dallas DA to Harshly Prosecute Jarod Broussard for Violent Assault in Deep Ellum

    Our Request: We respectfully ask that Dallas District Attorney Faith Johnson and the Dallas DA's office ensure that the harshest possible charges and prosecution be applied toward Jarod Broussard for the violent aggressive assault of his victim. Background: On April 19, 2018 at approximately 1:15 a.m., a woman in her 20's was violently attacked by her boyfriend, Jarod Broussard in the 2700 block of Canton in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, Texas.  A witness posted this video showing the horrific attack from his loft across the street; the victim's screams are haunting.  A second, and more visually detailed video, can be seen from the security cameras in front of the building where the assault happened and can be seen in this video. Current Situation:  Through fast and efficient work by the Dallas Police Department, Jarod Broussard, 36, was arrested in less than 18-hours from when the assault.  Further, Broussard is currently being held on no bond as he has been deemed a threat to society as a result of several factors including: graphic video showing this assault, extensive photos showing him with firearms, and a disturbingly long track record of previous assaults.Update 1:  Broussard is currently out on a bond, he must remain drug and alcohol-free, must have no contact with the victim, and must wear an ankle monitor.   Update 2:  The Dallas Grand Jury has indicted Broussard on 2 counts. Conclusion: It is the previous assaults that has the local community most concerned due to the victims in those cases being too afraid to move forward as the cases were investigated. To date, Broussard appears to have dodged any serious ramifications as a result of his apparently violent nature; that needs to stop with this case. Therefore, we are requesting that the Dallas District Attorney's office do their utmost in ensuring the harshest possible prosecution against Jarod Broussard take place as he is a detriment to society and needs to be incarcerated for the longest possible sentence. Sincerely, Deep Ellum Community Watch & Concerned Local Citizens

    Deep Ellum Community Watch
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