DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Hundreds descended into the streets of downtown Dallas Friday night as officers worked to ensure the peace and safety of two groups protesting over two key issues.
Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) merged with the Texas Organizing Project (TOP) Friday to show solidarity with Baltimore amid news that police officers involved in the Freddie Gray incident will face criminal charges. Activists rallied at the Frank Crowley Building and across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge carrying signs reading "Black lives matter," while chanting lines such as "Stop and pause, we're standing for a cause."
TOP, a Latino activist group, chanted "What do we want? Immigration reform! When do we want it? Now!"
MAPB had planned the Friday night rally long before the events happened in Baltimore. TOP activists planned their march as a stance against legislation that would allow police officers to question people about their immigration status during traffic stops.
Rally organizers said the goal was to send a message to North Texas that area groups will look beyond skin color to fight for their common interest, "You know what, we're all in this together. And what I'm gonna love about the rally this day is that you''e going to see people from all hues in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex coming together," explained Friendship West Baptist Church Pastor Freddie Haynes. "It's really about a cause that's bigger than all of us, and the cause is justice for all and not just justice for a few."
A group called Backing The Blue also came out to rally on behalf of police officers.
Despite the yelling and pushing, police reported no arrests.
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