A man who was the main organizer of the Black Lives Matter downtown Dallas March where five police officers were killed was convicted in a separate case of seriously injuring a child and ordered to serve 5 years in prison – but he was allowed to walk free after only 8 days.
Dominique Alexander has a lengthy criminal record, but he has managed to slip out of just about everything he has gotten himself into. Finally, District Judge Gracie Lewis sentenced him to five years in prison after he violated his probation multiple times from a 2009 child abuse case. But after being in jail for 8 days, by 9:30 a.m. this Thursday, September 22, he was out free, his 5-year sentence completed, reports the Dallas Morning News.
Judge Lewis deducted all the time he had “served” while he was free during his probation, thereby erasing his sentence. According to Dallas Morning News, Lewis is a Democrat who took the bench in 2009.
“People thought that I was going to be gone for a couple of years, but that was never going to be the case,” Alexander said in a phone interview. “People think I spent no time in jail. But I spent time in county before everyone knew me as an activist.”
Alexander was first arrested in July 2009 for serious injury to his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son by shaking him, causing a subdural hemorrhage between the halves of his brain and at the back of his brain, as well has retinal hemorrhages in both eyes. He first said the toddler fell off the couch, then claimed he took him to play in a bounce house, before finally admitting to shaking the child and striking him with an object, according to the Dallas Observer. He was charged with a first degree felony, but ended up on probation.
After that incident, he landed in trouble for forging a check in 2010, leading police on a high speed chase, and stealing a car in 2011. He was in the middle of a domestic disturbance incident with his girlfriend in 2012, and also had numerous traffic violations on his record, such as driving with an expired license and speeding.
In November 2014, Alexander organized a Black Lives Matter protest of 200 people in downtown Dallas that shut down traffic on a freeway, in response to the Ferguson officer not being indicted.
In 2015, Breitbart reports that he “infused himself into the 2015 McKinney pool party incident, where about 70 youths crashed in on a private pool party, which led to a huge protest against police.
Violations of his probation included failure to pay court-ordered fess, complete anger management classes or perform his assigned community service hours.
On his Twitter account, he describes himself as a “Minister of the Gospel, Political, Civil and Human Rights Activist, and President & Founder of the Next Generation Action Network.”
On the fateful day of July 7, 2016, Alexander was reportedly the “chief organizer” of the Black Lives Matter march in downtown Dallas, which ended with gunman Micah Johnson killing five law enforcement officers and wounding nine others. He and his group denied having any connection to Johnson, but he is aware that he is looked upon as being partially responsible for the officers’ deaths.
In spite of the slain officers, Alexander decided enough time had passed and called for another protest in downtown Dallas on July 29, and another on August 10. Dallas Police Chief David Brown asked Alexander to stop the protests out of consideration of the slain officers, but he refused.
Instead, on August 10, Alexander delivered a list of “reform demands” to Dallas leaders at a city council meeting, and had to be removed after a confrontation with the mayor. At that time, he was arrested for 9 outstanding warrants, of over $5,000. He spent the night in jail, while his group went on with the protest.
This Thursday, after serving 8 days to complete his “5 year sentence”, Dominique Alexander was set free – just in time to participate in another Black Lives Matter demonstration with his group that evening.
I was released at 9:30 this morning from The Walls Unit in Huntsville Texas
— Dominique Alexander (@niquealex) September 23, 2016
Thursday evening, Alexander addressed the crowd at the demonstration in downtown Dallas, in protest of the police shootings in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Charlotte, North Carolina. “When you’re called to do this, no man can knock you down,” he told them. Over 100 protesters showed up, as well as police in riot gear, and the situation got tense until the protesters finally got out of the street and back on the sidewalk.
Now he’s gone to Tulsa to participate in Black Lives Matter protests there:
— Dominique Alexander (@niquealex) September 24, 2016
On August 12, 2016 a GoFundMe account was created for the “Minister Dominique Support Fund”, asking for money to help support “Minister Dominique Alexander” and the “movement for justice in Dallas.” They’re asking for $10,000. One person posted a comment, asking, “Could you be more specific as to how these funds are going to be used? Are they strictly for personal benefit?”
On Friday, September 23, Alexander tweeted out the GoFundMe link again reminding his followers he still needed money.
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