Dallas City Councilwoman gets death threats after crackdown



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Posted on August 3, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 4 at 8:32 AM

DALLAS - A Dallas City Council member has received death threats.

Carolyn Davis serves District 7, and she’s been trying to get rid of loitering. She asked police to crack down.

Davis and others believe many of those standing on street corners are dealing drugs and committing other crimes.

Recently Davis talked on News 8 about the need to clean up the area.

“We've got to ensure we have a good, safe community," Davis said.

Dallas police have sent more officers into the area. As a result, sources tell News 8 Davis is getting death threats from criminals. She wouldn't confirm the threats, but didn't deny them either.

"I don't want to get into that," she told News 8. "I want to stay focused on my district."

Calvin Carter runs the Sunny Acres Community Action Association to help people in southern Dallas. He's disappointed.

“Kind of bad and kind of sad, because that's people that don't want the community to strive," he said. "They want it to stay as is. We don't need that."

Davis' district includes the Dixon Circle area, where protesters took to the streets after the police shooting of James Harper.  Carter said people in the community need to stand together with city leaders and police and not fight them.

"In order to be safely in your home and secure, we will always need the police," Carter said.

Councilwoman Davis and police say they aren't backing down. They say this community deserves a better way of life.

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