Dallas Reacts to Police Brutality

In the days that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, reaction reverberated across the nation and globe – and Dallas was no exception.

As a newspaper, we are often tasked with being one of the record keepers of history. As statements from officials, prominent individuals, and organizations began coming to us, we realized that these statements – whether everyone agreed with the sentiments or not – were going to be an important part of what is clearly going to be an ongoing conversation about race, social justice, and policing in North Texas.

This project is ongoing, and we will continue to add statements over time. We have juxtaposed them with some of the last things George Floyd said because we feel it’s important to remember what propelled the national and local discussion, although his death is one of many Black citizens have suffered because of systemic racism that is entrenched and intertwined with our nation’s history.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at bethany.erickson@peoplenewspapers.com.

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