Dallas PD turns down breakfast, donation from Mavericks CEO after email sparks outrage

By PoliceOne Staff

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks’ new CEO attempted to bring breakfast to Dallas police but was turned away after some officers were upset with the message from a movement she promoted.

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Marshall (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

On Wednesday, Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall encouraged people to wear black and blue as part of a movement to promote unity between local communities and police, CBS DFW reported. Marshall’s grassroots movement, BB725, recognizes the five officers killed in the July 7, 2016 ambush in downtown Dallas.

But the movement also recognizes Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two men who died in officer-involved shootings during the same week as the ambush.

While Dallas officers said they supported Marshall’s effort to bring the community together, a number of them said they were outraged from a mass email from the Mavericks that explained the purpose of the movement. The email, which notified the department of Marshall’s plan to bring breakfast to police, said in part that “BB725 7/25 represents the 7 who died July 5, 6, 7 2016 – 2 died because they were black, 5 died because they wore blue,” according to WFAA.

Several officers reportedly found the description offensive and were upset that the movement highlighted the Sterling and Castile shootings. Some wondered why Marshall’s movement doesn’t recognize the three Baton Rouge officers killed in an ambush a week after the Dallas ambush.

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