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Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates

Forum features candidates running for district attorney

DENISHA McKNIGHT | 10/1/2018, 1:49 p.m.
Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates, presented by The Dallas Examiner, hosted its final forum Sept. 17 at the African ...
Incumbent Faith Johnson and challenger John Creuzot, District Attorney candidates, presented their forum and answered questions during Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates, Sept. 17 Denisha McKnight

The Dallas Examiner

Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates, presented by The Dallas Examiner, hosted its final forum Sept. 17 at the African American Museum. The political forum featured candidates running for the District Attorney’s office: incumbent Faith Johnson and challenger John Creuzot.

The event kicked off with Creuzot introducing himself to the audience and disclosing his main discussion points for the evening.

“Throughout this process, you all are going to be asking us questions, but I have two things that I want to make certain that I communicate to you,” the former judge said. “No. 1 – the most important issue in this election for your next district attorney will be addressing mass incarceration. And the next one I want to talk about is the word ‘trick.’”

Johnson followed shortly after, providing her four-year mission statement for the DA’s office to the crowd.

“As your Dallas County district attorney, my job and my only job is to make certain that justice is equal for everybody [in] this county,” she asserted. “Yes, I am committed, and I believe in protecting the safety of this community. I’m also committed and believe in making certain that we aggressively prosecute violent and dangerous criminals, but I’m also committed to second chances.”

A Q&A session ensued with audience members asking each contender various questions regarding policy, procedure and police brutality.

Question: What action will you be taking to ensure the safety of Black lives?

Creuzot: No. 1 – let’s start with what I started off with [by] starting a program that is designed to keep a criminal record off of you, other youth and other people. Let’s go on to the fact that mostly African American men within my program for the re-entry court where we had those great numbers because the system is designed for them to go back, and the system is designed to keep them from getting a job. But, when you talk about protecting you, it has to meet a standard and make certain that the police follow the proper procedures. … So, what are the rules? We sure don’t know, do we? And, that’s a big problem? So if you want to know my thoughts on it, hit my Facebook page. You’ll find out everything you need to know.

Johnson: I’m committed to protecting you, and everybody that looks like you, and everybody that don’t look like you because one of the things we have seen in this DA’s office is that I have to be able to collaborate. We have to be able to be proactive to make certain that you’re safe. That’s why we have different programs. We have our community advisory board; we have our interfaith board; we have our citizen advisory board. We also have our DA’s office in schools. So, what we’re doing is we are collaborating with our ‘Blue on the Block’ and different community groups because we want to be able to say before something like that happened. We want to put things in place. Now, when something like that happens and forbid it does, you got a DA who’s committed to make certain that vigorous prosecution is going to take place because I am so committed to make certain that everybody in this county is safe, protected [and] there’s justice for them. And, it doesn’t matter what you look like, and I say that everywhere I go. Black, White, Purple, Green, North Dallas, South, East, West – we want to make certain that everybody is protected. No matter who you are.