The Left’s war on police took a sick twist when a black woman and Dean of Journalism at the University of North Texas, Dorothy Bland, wrote a fictitious editorial in The Dallas Morning News. Bland claimed she was stopped and detained by two white police officers for “walking while black.”
Fortunately for the police and unbeknownst to Bland, their car was equipped with a dash cam that recorded the entire encounter.
Bland claimed in her editorial that while on her morning exercise walk, the two police officers came up behind her in their squad car with lights and sirens. Bland wrote that the police intimidated her and terrified her. To further embellish her article, she drew a comparison to recent high profile deaths of blacks, as reported in her editorial in The Dallas Morning News:
“Yes. In the words of Sal Ruibal, ‘Walking while black is a crime in many jurisdictions. May God have mercy on our nation.’
Knowing that the police officers are typically armed with guns and are a lot bigger than my 5 feet, 4 inches, I had no interest in my life’s story playing out like Trayvon Martin’s death. I stopped and asked the two officers if there was a problem; I don’t remember getting a decent answer before one of the officers asked me where I lived and for identification.”
Upon reading the editorial, Corinth Police Chief Debra Walthall released her own statement, along with the dash cam video, of the incident. She said the officers noticed Bland was walking in the street and impeding traffic, despite the fact there was a sidewalk. A man in a pick-up truck had to come to a complete stop to avoid hitting her. It was at this point that the officers decided they needed to do something to protect her safety.
Chief Walthall said the officers approached Bland with the lights on, but no siren. It is typical when a police car stops in the middle of the street to put the lights on for safety reasons. As reported in The Dallas Morning News, Chief Walthall said:
“They immediately advised Ms. Bland about the pickup truck and the fact that it was safer for her to walk against traffic so she could see the cars and jump out of the way if necessary. The interaction between Ms. Bland and the officers was very cordial and brief.”
In fact, the video corroborates everything the chief said. After the officers recorded Bland’s identification, which is standard procedure in police interactions with the public, Bland walked away thanking the police officers for their concern.
A race-baiting “wackademic” cries racism and the Leftist media, in this case the Dallas Morning News, was all too willing to perpetuate the LIE that black people get harassed by the police. The cops were right: her walking in the middle of the road with earpieces blaring music or perhaps Obama’s speeches is indeed a SAFETY issue, NOT A RACE ISSUE.
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