As Dallas City Council prepares to decide police funding again this year, Mayor Johnson unveiled his plan to address crime and increase police accountability.
“During the pandemic, I was a member of the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, and we collected data that showed aggravated assault rates in the U.S. increased 7%, gun assault rates went up by 22%, and homicides spiked by 24%. In Dallas, the numbers were even higher,” Johnson wrote.
In an interview with Texas Scorecard earlier this year, he discussed rising crime in the city and the importance of police accountability. On June 10, he unveiled his plan to address both—all without defunding police, a movement he opposed last year.
“Violent crime is up across the country, and underserved communities and minorities are disproportionately the victims,” Johnson wrote. “They deserve safety and justice.”
Johnson’s plan has been reviewed by Derek Cohen of Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Right on Crime, who said it’s definitely an improvement over the current situation.
“Mayor Johnson’s plan is certainly a step in the right direction, especially compared to the horrific mismanagement we see out of cities like Austin,” he told Texas Scorecard.
Below are the elements of Johnson’s plan divided into two sections: Police Reforms and Government Programs.
Johnson’s proposals are the following:
“Demand and Develop Crime Reduction Plans.”
For the mayor, this means every year, the Dallas chief of police will present his strategy “to reduce violent crime” and interact with the community.
“This may seem simple, but when I became mayor in June 2019, it became apparent that the police brass of the ninth-largest city in the country simply didn’t have a comprehensive crime-reduction plan,” Johnson said. “I had to demand one.”
He says this information can help decide where to spend tax dollars,
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