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Dallas Police Department takes steps to quell racism and unrest

Dallas Police Department takes steps to quell racism and unrest

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There'll be a rally at DPD HQ today. Courtesy photo

There'll be another rally in Dallas but this one is at Dallas Police Headquarters. Called "Blue for Black Lives Matter," it's a march for solidarity hosted by the Dallas Police Department's Latino Law Enforcement Association and Black Police Association.

The march, which takes place June 5, from 11 am-12:30 pm, has the support of department leadership and will take place outside DPD headquarters. Around 100 officers are expected to take part. The community is welcomed to join.

Det. Arturo Martinez tells NBC that he hopes it's "the beginning of a new conversation," and a step towards change.

Other changes in the DPD include a new general order from Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall on new ways to respond to situations where force is involved.

The new general order states that members of the police department must intervene when they see a fellow officer applying force inappropriately or for too long.

The new policy is driven by the action of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who kept his knee on George Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes and ended up suffocating him to death. "His fellow co-workers either assisted or stood by and watched Mr. Floyd take his last breath," says a DPD release. "Had the officer’s partners intervened, the outcome might have been different. The revision was developed to create a culture where what happened to Floyd does not happen again."

The new General Order 901.00 – Response Continuum states: "Members of the Dallas Police Department (both sworn and non-sworn) have an obligation to protect the public and other employees.  It shall be the duty of every employee present at any scene where physical force is being applied to either stop, or attempt to stop, another employee when force is being inappropriately applied or is no longer required."

It's part of a new program by the city of Dallas called "R.E.A.L. Change," designed to restore trust and build relationships with the Dallas Police Department; R.E.A.L. stands for "responsible, equitable, accountable, and legitimate."

Other steps include an official ban on chokeholds and a new "Warning Before Shooting" policy to be instituted on June 12.