Omaha activists, leaders react to recent shootings

Posted at 12:30 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 13:53:46-04

Anger, frustration and grief, Dale Carter, a pastor and activist Thomas Warren say these feelings are felt in the city.

Much like the rest of the nation, neither men are associated with the movement. But say they can see why people feel the need to gather given this week of violence.

For both men, what happened in Dallas was unspeakable and how police and community engagement needs to be strengthened not weakened.

“Vigilante justice is not good justice. It's sidewalk justice. And you know, you cannot play judge, executioner and jury to be heard,” Carter said.

“All that does is making the situation worse. And all that does is make the situation worse and actually what happened last night made more black males on edge and then made more law enforcement on edge.” Warren said that there needs to be better communication on both sides.

“What I stress is the dialogue is occurring on a regular basis. it's occurring in advance of the crisis,” he said. “You can't establish relationships after the crisis. And the fact that you have a platform.”

As for the rally, activists associated with the movement are urging people to show up at 120th and West Center Streets at 5 p.m.

Organizers say the goal is to raise awareness and hold a vigil for those who died.