Uncut: Blame shared in Dixon Circle incident, will progress follow?

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by JOHN McCAA

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Posted on July 27, 2012 at 9:09 PM

We should count our blessings tonight that Tuesday's Dixon Circle melee didn't deteriorate into madness.

A lot of finger pointing is underway, but there's plenty of blame to go around.

It's this week's Uncut commentary.

We still have no idea who started the insanity -- that phone caller whose bogus 911 kidnapping call sent police to the house, and left a neighborhood and a city almost in flames.

I've seen those tense moments before. It's hot, volatile, people are angry, rumors run rampant. This was no exception.

Although no one knew anything with certainty, a few people showed up falsely claiming they saw it all: an exchange of gunfire, a suspect armed, or shot in the back.

And then as the crowds grew, we in the media at times weren't much help, by repeating the rumors and allegations "live" and providing, what seemed for some, little more than street theater.

Drowned out in the beginning were the real residents of Dixon Circle, like Calvin Carter.

"To me, I looked at it as kinda embarrassing to see what was going on," he told News 8's Teresa Woodard Wednesday.

Carter said recognized very few of the people claiming to be his neighbors and claiming to have seen everything.

He and other familiar community faces, like Reverend Earnest Freeney and the neighborhood Dallas Police officers who knew this was no stage and no game, spent all of Tuesday night calming the angry and frustrated, quieting the misinformed, and walking the city  back from the edge.

There are very real issues; a lot of crime, police shootings are up, as Dallas Police Chief David Brown pointed out Tuesday, so are assaults on Dallas officers.

But make no mistake, this is a neighborhood still wondering what happened.

Why a known drug house still stands.

And, now that all the strangers have gone, how sincere we really are about helping the good people of Dixon Circle make things better.

Those are my thoughts, tell me yours at jmccaa@wfaa.com.

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