DALLAS — A group of men in the Highland Hills area of Dallas are tired of crime in their community — so they're arming themselves.
“We are not here policing or being security guards. We are coming as brothers,” said Marcus X. Russell.
They call themselves community engagement activists.
They have armed themselves and openly carry weapons around an apartment complex near Paul Quinn College in southern Dallas.
They say they are looking to stop trouble and crime.
“We are not trying to police anybody. 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,” said Devante D. Peters.
They have been patrolling for a month. During that time, they say they have not seen state troopers who are helping Dallas police.
After a particularly deadly month of May, Dallas police officials asked for state law enforcement help.