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Houston Police And Local Ministers Appeal For Unity After Dallas Police Shootings

Houston’s Interim Chief says there need to be stronger bonds between police and the community.

Houston NAACP President Dr. James Douglas speaks at a prayer vigil at HPD headquarters.
Houston NAACP President Dr. James Douglas speaks at a prayer vigil at HPD headquarters.

In the lobby of the Houston Police Department’s downtown headquarters, ministers prayed for the safety of officers and citizens. But there was also some honest conversation.

Houston NAACP President James Douglas says he thinks there are simply too many guns.

“America has returned to the wild, wild west,” says Douglas. “And somehow we’ve got to figure out how to take guns out of everybody’s hands.”

As for police relations, Houston Interim Chief Martha Montalvo says she doesn’t want a situation of “us versus them.” She’s calling for stronger bonds between the police department and the community.

“That’s what this is about,” says Montalvo. “We’re here to serve. We’re here to work with people. We’re here to help people. And we’ve got to get that message across.”

Speakers at the vigil also called for a greater effort to teach kids how to solve conflicts peacefully.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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