Price supporters question FBI probe

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 27 at 10:32 PM

DALLAS — Supporters of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price came to his defense hours after the FBI raided the veteran politician's office and home.

Several activists and supporters met at a South Dallas restaurant Monday night to discuss the investigation and to speak out for Price.

"We just want to say to this soldier: 'You're not by yourself,'" said Price supporter Edna Pemberton. "That doesn't mean just because investigations happen that he's guilty."

Price has represented the southern sector of Dallas County for 26 years, where he's been re-elected six times.

Over the years, Price pushed to increase minority hiring and for greater minority representation in government.

"It leaves another overcast of us as a black community — an African-American community — can any of our representation be trusted?" asked Price supporter Claudia Fowler. "Is anybody going to be able now to represent our city, our community?"

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