Dallas protest leader sentenced to 2 years in prison

Police tape marks off the area where a shooting took place in downtown Dallas, Friday, July 8, 2016. Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DALLAS (AP) — A leader of the protest where a sniper killed five law enforcement officers in Dallas has been sentenced to prison for unrelated probation violations.

Prosecutors allege Dominique Alexander violated his probation in a 2009 felony case, including by missing meetings with his probation officer. A Dallas County judge sentenced him Friday to two years in prison.

The 27-year-old Alexander founded the Next Generation Action Network, which organized the Dallas rally on July 7 to protest recent fatal police shootings of black men. The sniper wasn’t connected to the group.

Network members say the probation revocation is political, noting that no new charges were filed against Alexander. Prosecutors say Alexander is being treated fairly.

His attorney says Alexander won’t appeal and will be eligible for parole in six months or less.

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