A group of about 30 people conducted an armed self-defense patrol in parts of South Dallas on Wednesday afternoon.
The people, members of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, walked along sidewalks and into a neighborhood restaurant along Martin Luther King Boulevard.
The gun club said in a release that the “recent murders of unarmed black, brown, and whites across the United States of America has eradicated trust in the police.”
The gun club was created for community policing and self-defense. The club says it has three demands:
“1. We demand the immediate end to police brutality, harassment, and murder of the people.
2. We assert the right of the people, particularly those of color, to bear arms and protect themselves where local, state, and the federal government have historically failed to do so.
3. We demand that the media, in coordination with police, cease immediately assassinating the character of victims subject to police terrorism.”
The open carry of a long gun in public is permitted by Texas law. Dallas police were on hand and monitored the community patrol.