Second Dallas City Council member gets death threats



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Posted on August 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM

DALLAS - News 8 has learned a second Dallas City Council member is receiving death threats.

News 8 previously reported the threats against Carolyn Davis after she asked police to crack down on loitering. Now, Dwaine Caraway is the latest target.

Council member Caraway doesn't shy away from taking on criminals. He’s pushed the city to tear down abandoned houses often used by drug dealers.

“The first thing you do is bring these structures to the ground," he said in an interview last month.

He's also taken on saggy pants and loitering on street corners, which he said leads to drug deals. The council member has asked for more police enforcement.

He is also out front when it comes to cleaning up South Dallas.

Recently he and council member Davis appeared on News 8 to talk about the death of convicted drug dealer James Harper in a southeast Dallas neighborhood. Harper was shot by an officer during a foot chase in which the officer said Harper attacked him several times.

"Do you feel residents are safe in the neighborhood?" asked News 8 anchor Cynthia Izaguirre.

"Yes," Caraway said.

"You hesitated," Izaguirre noted.

"They are safe, but there is work to be done," he responded.

Dallas police sent more officers to deal with some of the issues, mainly aimed at drug dealers.

Shortly after the shooting, sources said police received information that criminals were threatening to harm Caraway.

Caraway would not talk about the threats. He told News 8 it was "a police matter."

The Dallas police criminal intelligence unit is investigating, and both council members now have police protection.