Armed Citizens Patrol Dallas Neighborhood To Combat Crime

Devante Peters said that the group has received positive feedback from members of the local community.

Dallas, TX – A group of armed citizens who are tired of seeing their neighbors being victimized have been patrolling the Highland Hills area for the past month to help deter crime on their own.

“We are not trying to police anybody,” Devante Peters told WFMY. “We are not trying to intimidate anyone. We just want to let them know that we are an extra resource that we have in terms of safety and security.”

The group of local men carry weapons openly, and refer to themselves as community engagement activists.

The Dallas Police Department (DPD) has been facing an officer shortage during an uptick in violent crime in the city, WFMY reported.

The activists said there are not enough officers on the streets to combat criminals alone, and that they have not seen state law enforcement in the area even though state troopers have been helping out throughout the city at DPD’s request.

Many residents in the Highland Hills apartment complex said they feel more comfortable letting their kids play in the area since the patrols began.

“I think it’s been really good [that] they have been walking around,” resident Chanta Baker told WFMY.

“We are not here policing or being security guards,” Marcus Russell reiterated. “We are coming as brothers.”

K.B. Kabbara, who works at the complex, said that crime has decreased in the area with the group’s presence.

"With these guys being here, things have been getting a whole lot better at the complex,” Kabbara told WFMY.

Volunteers have also been sprucing up the area with various beautification projects, and have helped local families to obtain school supplies for the upcoming academic year.

The DPD cautioned citizens against confronting armed criminals, but said they welcome the help, WFMY reported.

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dcoskrey
dcoskrey

I mean, neighbor helping neighbor is fantastic. But if you are armed and acting as a security guard (even if you say that's not what you are doing), I worry about all sorts of liability issues. Damn, admin won't even support their own officers in many cases, what happens if you get in a shootout and someone is hurt or killed? I'm just not sure. Maybe officers and/or lawyers can weigh in?

Justretired
Justretired

It's sad its come to this and I commend them for stepping up but the legality issues pose a problem. Then again that Texas! Lol

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾 let's make it nationwide. I'll donate and spread the word.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Good! Then when they deliver an ass beating without rules. these punk ass criminals will wish they could be arrested by police! Let’s start a gofundme page. But before I donate, I want to see stats.

Cops kid
Cops kid

Jungle law, better known as street Justice. Don't shit where you eat... Your neighbor might feed it to you.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

noble gesture - but the city patrol better differentiate their personal appearances and clothing from the ghetto hoods they are trying to keep watch for .

LEO0301
LEO0301

I venture to guess police shortages will be a problem for many cities, especially ones run by progressive democrats (don't know if that's the case in Dallas). Citizens will need to get used to increases in crime and have to fend for themselves. We'll see how long these people will continue to patrol their neighborhoods. Once you stop it doesn't take long for the cockroaches to come back out.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Good!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Great stuff...

Here is video of them on a "patrol." I've only watched a few minutes. They seem to have support, but since they probably don't have appropriate training (ha), it does cause some significant concern. There's a difference between protecting your home and actually patrolling the neighborhood while open carrying without being a sworn LEO with a badge.

The Guardian Angels seemed to know how to do it, and concealed carry has some advantages.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

They tried something similar to that , up here in Chicago. Only it didn't work out so well. Illinois is NOT an open carry. Looks like the gun laws failed the law abiding citizens up here... https://time.com/5639907/two-women-killed-chicago-mask-shooting/

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

I'd like to see the PD stats for the neighborhood and determine if what they're doing is helping.

CinGuz
CinGuz

If it helps then good for them.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

I've been saying this....... how to stop mass shootings, arm everyone that can legally carry. Cops need help, and can't be everywhere. No, they don't need armed citizens trying to play policeman anytime a minor violation occurs, but felonies yes.

In most if not all states, (most citizens are aware of this) they can already make a "citizens arrest" for a witnessed felony. Say, you see a robbery, you have the power to detain the suspect until police arrive. Same as you have the power to shoot to protect the life of others or yourself.