Dallas residents were invited to take part in an online town hall Thursday night to discuss the role of the Community Police Oversight Board.
Councilman Casey Thomas, who represents southern Dallas, hosted the conversation with police monitor Tonya McClary; chairman Jesuorobo Enobakhare Jr., chairman Changa Masomakali and community activist Olinka Green.
McClary said she has received at least 50 complaints over the handling of protests in Dallas, which were sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. There have been protests in cities across the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the past six days.
The 15-member oversight board has been on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We have received a lot of complaints... Some people really just kind of want to tell the story of what happened and other people have real concerns about how they interacted with the police," McClary said.
During the town hall meeting, the board announced a hotline for protesters. The board says if protesters have had any issues with police over the last week, they can now call 469-701-0349.
The board also said for all matters, including if anyone witnesses what they consider police brutality, call 214-671-8283.
The Dallas Police Department also received 10 demands and ideas Saturday from local civil rights and faith leaders. There have been growing demands on police departments across the country to implement new policies or strengthen previous ones.
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