From Petition Organizer: A remarkable thing happened in Dallas yesterday. During a well attended city sponsored panel discussion titled 'Conversations on Race", Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings offered a heartfelt apology to the family of Santos Rodriguez who was killed more than 40 years by Dallas police. Dr. Rick Halperin, Director of the Embrey Human Rights Program at SMU and member of the Santos Rodriguez coalition, said, " the pursuit of social justice, human rights and human dignity is a long process, and that it always encompasses the need to address past historical wrongs. "It is imperative to confront pain, admit wrongdoing, apologize and to move forward with the best intentions of not repeating past mistakes and not continuing bad human behavior," Halperin added. "I applaud the mayor's statement, and hope it opens the door to further dialogue with families whose unarmed sons have also been killed by Dallas police officers in the years since the Rodriguez shooting," Albert Valtierra, president of Dallas Mexican American Historical League (DMAHL) said, ' 40 years overdue! But I give a lot of credit to Mayor Rawlings and by extension, the Dallas City Council, for having the fortitude to accept responsibility for this injustice. My admiration for the Mayor and the City went up several notches today".