A Dallas woman running for City Council addressed allegations of domestic violence against her boyfriend, a prominent activist, on Friday.
Keyaira Saunders, candidate for City Council District 4, said she will not be deterred in her run for election.
“These are things that people go through every day and not everyone has the courage to speak out,” she said, according to video by Channel 5.
Her boyfriend, Dominique Alexander, was arrested Thursday and charged with family violence. According to reports from Star-Telegram media partner WFAA, Saunders reported Alexander to the police Wednesday.
Saunders came home to find Alexander yelling at one of her children, according to the Dallas Morning News. When she confronted him, he became angry at her.
He pushed her into furniture, causing her to break a bone in her foot, and tried to strangle her, the Morning News reported.
“I march and I rally for justice, and I believe in justice,” Saunders said Friday at the press conference.
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 by a Dallas police officer.
Alexander did not respond to requests for comment.
Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot recused himself and his entire office from handling the prosecution of Alexander because Alexander campaigned for Creuzot’s election, CBS DFW reported.
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.”