Open carry advocates follow Ferguson protesters in Dallas

Small, peaceful protest in Dallas

DALLAS – Three members of an open carry group called Come and Take It Texas had rifles over their shoulders as they followed a small group of Ferguson protesters who marched through downtown Dallas Wednesday night.

Unlike Tuesday night, protesters did not close streets nor did they walk onto a freeway. In fact, this crowd was about a tenth of the size from what Dallas saw 24 hours earlier.

About two dozen people took part Wednesday night chanting "No justice, no peace" among other things as they protested police treatment of African-Americans.

Marchers stayed on the sidewalk the entire time and never left Lamar St. as they walked into downtown by El Centro College and returned to Dallas police headquarters where they started.

The open carry advocates said they respected the marchers' right to protest but decided to show up to protect private property.

"We'll stand between them and private property," said Matthew Short, from Come and Take It.

Protesters remained peaceful and the open carry advocates even struck up conversations with some of the marchers as a dozen Dallas police patrol cars drove slowly behind the two groups.

Officers made no arrests Wednesday night.

Protest organizers planned another march for Saturday evening.


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