Wal-mart strikers: Twitter.com

Wal-mart strikers: Twitter.com

A dozen or so people gathered at the Skillman-Northwest Highway Wal-Mart to protest the company’s wages and unfair firing practices, strikers say.

But the Dallas protesters did not occupy Skillman Street for long. Within an hour of the onset of protesting, all members of the group were handcuffed and removed because they were blocking traffic. I drove by at about 6:30 p.m., and there was no sign of the incident. However, I did notice five or six police officers casually standing around at the Quick Trip on Skillman at about 4:15 p.m., which, in hindsight, I understand.

As police investigate a serial rapist situation in South Dallas, critics see a contrast in the way police handled this case versus last spring’s Lake Highlands rapist case

Police chief at Lake Highlands breakfast

Police chief at Lake Highlands breakfast

“When it happened in the Lake Highlands community, it was everywhere, all over the news,” one woman told WFAA. “But then when it comes to our South Dallas community, it’s like they didn’t care and didn’t want to share the information of what was going on.”

That particular complaint sounds more like a media issue than a police issue. Police chief David Brown has made the media rounds, defending his department’s response to the south Dallas attacks. “I’ve looked at this, I’ve looked at all the details that we knew from the very beginning, and it is absolutely not true that it was differently done in North Dallas,” Brown told reporters last night.

Wednesday morning a man driving along Jupiter near LBJ, on the outskirts of our neighborhood, crashed and died. The Morning News reports that the man, a resident of Kaufman, likely died from a medical condition before swerving across the southbound lanes of Jupiter and hitting a vehicle that was idling at the light. The driver of the second vehicle reportedly is OK.