When Craig Watkins was elected Dallas County district attorney in 2006, he promised to be smarter about prosecuting crime. And now he's taking that promise to the streets. Today, Watkins is holding a press conference in South Dallas --- a crime-ridden part of the city --- to plead with citizens to help solve a suspected gang-related shooting that left one person dead and three people injured on Aug. 12. Watkins wants to convince anyone who may have seen the shooting to step forward and cooperate with law enforcement, rejecting the "anti-snitching" attitude that often makes it difficult to solve crime. He's speaking in front of a cafe on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard where the shooting occurred. Watkins has some credibility on this particular stretch of road. He officed out of a building on MLK --- just blocks away from where the shooting occurred --- when he was a criminal-defense solo.
--- John Council