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Majority of arrestees at Dallas protests were from the suburbs

Majority of arrestees at Dallas protests were from the suburbs

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The majority of arrests were for obstructing a highway. Photo courtesy of NBC/YouTube

At least 60 people have been arrested in the Dallas protests that took place across central neighborhoods, including downtown and Deep Ellum, from May 29-31.

According to a release from the Dallas Police Department, the majority of those arrestees were from North Texas, including 17 residents from Dallas. Only one was not from Texas.

Hundreds protested in Dallas over the weekend, part of a national set of rallies to protest the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died on May 25 in Minneapolis following an encounter with police officers.

The protests in Dallas began peacefully on May 29 with a solidarity rally and march that gathered outside Dallas Police Headquarters.

The rally eventually escalated into violence, with vandalism against businesses and police deploying tear gas.

On May 30, another round of protests that began peacefully in the afternoon escalated again into more violence.

On May 31, the city instituted an overnight curfew in the central areas of Dallas.

The protests have generated a number of conspiracy theories, including the idea that the protestors are outside agitators who are coming into town apparently to hijack peaceful gatherings.

Of the 60 people who were arrested, one came from outside Texas: Antonio Johnson from Lake Wiley, South Carolina.

The majority were from various deep suburbs surrounding Dallas, which could also be considered another planet. Those included:

  • Seven from Fort Worth
  • Five from Arlington
  • Five from Garland

Two residents each came from Wylie, McKinney, Lewisville, Grand Prairie, and Plano.

The cities of Sachse, Carrollton, Athens, Selma, Melissa, The Colony, Euless, Denton, Bridgeport, Heartland, Murphy, Northlake, Keller, Irving, Forney, and DeSoto had one arrestee each.

There were also two homeless.

Of the 60 arrests, the offenses were as follows:

  • 30 for Obstructing a Highway
  • 22 for Riot Participation
  • 4 for Disorderly Conduct
  • 3 for Burglary of Building
  • 2 for Evading Arrest