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Dallas activist Dominique Alexander was arrested Thursday in connection to allegations of family violence.
Police said Alexander was taken into custody on one felony and one misdemeanor assault charge after someone reported the allegations to Dallas’ Northwest Patrol Division on Wednesday.
Police did not release details on the allegations or who they involved. Star-Telegram media partner WFAA reported that multiple sources said Alexander’s girlfriend made the complaint to police.
Alexander is a prominent activist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and founder of Next Generation Action Network. He recently organized protests surrounding the shooting death of 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean.
He also spoke at a Fort Worth protest in 2016 over the arrest of Jacqueline Craig, a black woman whose arrest by a white police officer went viral.
Alexander posted on his Facebook at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday that, “People has been ready to take me down since day one, but the devil will not win at all.”
Alexander did not immediately respond to requests to comment Thursday.
Previously, Alexander was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to five years in prison on allegations that he shook a 2-year-old child.
In a Facebook post, lawyer Lee Merritt responded to the accusations against Alexander, who he called an “activist and ally.” Merritt is representing Botham Jean’s family in their case against Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who shot Jean in his apartment.
“Although, this is clearly a private matter — Mr. Alexander’s position of leadership in the Dallas community makes the claims an issue of public concern,” he wrote. “Violence against black women is intolerable. When public figures face allegations of wrongdoing there is often a rush to highlight past failures or accusations in order to supplement the latest claims. I don’t think it’s fair to now focus our attention on who Dominique Alexander once was— but rather who has proven himself to be in his maturation process in the Dallas community.”
Merritt continued to say Alexander has a burden of leadership and accepts that responsibility.
“We know the criminal justice system has a particular acumen for prosecuting black men. We will not pile on as the family investigation begins to unfold,” he wrote.