Protesters rally at DPD headquarters, patrols increase

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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WFAA

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 6:25 PM

DALLAS — The New Black Panther Party showed up at Dallas police headquarters Tuesday to protest the fatal shooting of James Harper by an officer one week ago.

"We are here to talk about the unarmed killings of black and brown men," one protester said.

A handful of the group shouted at police, saying they are concerned about police shootings. They insisted James Harper was shot in the back.

“No justice, no peace!" the protesters chanted.

But the autopsy results confirm what Chief David Brown said the day of the shooting — James Harper was not shot in the back.

One bullet entered on the left side of his chest; another went through the left side of his stomach; a fourth struck the right side of his stomach; and the last one went through his left elbow.

The report also shows Harper had cuts on his ear, cheeks and forehead, consistent with a fight with officer Brian Rowden, according to Chief Brown.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings supports the police chief. "I trust him implicitly," the mayor said. "What he says can be verified."

Rawlings was at a free basketball camp for kids when he addressed them in South Dallas. "When bad people do bad things, bad things happen to them," he said.

But that statement doesn't sit well with protesters, who — at one point — went inside police headquarters demanding a meeting with the chief.

They were told to leave because they were disrupting operations.

The New Black Panther Party is promising more protests, but at least one of the demonstrators wants to make sure they're done peacefully.

"I am not advocating violence against police officers," Olinka Green said. "What I want is dialog with the community."

Dallas police sources said officers are being warned about possibly being ambushed in the Southeast Patrol division. For now, the department says a minimum of four officers will respond to all priority one and priority two calls.

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