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>> I'm Rooney Schrader with Reuters in Downtown Dallas,Texas, still the site of an active crime scene. You can see right behind me the parking garage where Micah Johnson holed up with police for several hours on Thursday night and where police ultimately killed him. You can also see the multiple police cruisers here patrolling the area.
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It's still very much an area under investigation. And police are cordoning it off to pedestrians and vehicles alike. Here in Dallas, the question now is how does the community move forward especially in areas of race relations? The rally on Thursday night was held in reaction to the death of two African American men in Louisiana and Minnesota this past week.
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However here in Dallas, police and minority communities have had an unusual relationship where they''d have really congenial and gotten along the past few years. In fact, Thursday's protest was a very peaceful event with police officers taking pictures with rally attendees and posting it on social media. I spoke with several police officers today, retired and active duty.
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And they all told me Dallas has a long history of getting along with members of multiple, different races. I spoke with one retired officer, who was on the force for 29 years. And he told me that it was not uncommon when he patrolled minority neighborhoods to take off his flack jacket and his belt, which contained his gun.
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Lock it in his trunk, and then play community basketball with local children. It's those kinds of stories you hear all around Dallas as you talk to different police officers and community leaders. And they're all hoping that that stays and that that spirit of camaraderie continues around the city.