The police chief in Dallas announced on Tuesday that she plans to resign from her post after receiving tons of backlash for the way she and her department have presided over protests in the city against law enforcement. However, absent from any reports of her looming resignation is how U. Reneé Hall — the first Black woman to be chief of police in Dallas — [mis]handled the infamous Amber Guyger shooting of Botham Jean in his own home in 2018.
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Hall’s letter of resignation also made no mention of Guyger, who the police chief previously defended not firing from the force for more than two weeks after the now-convicted and incarcerated former cop illegally forced her way into the 26-year-old Black man’s apartment and instantly shot him because she purportedly confused his apartment for hers. Instead, Hall focused on what she called her accomplishments while leading the Dallas Police Department (DPD) since 2017.
But the Amber Guyger episode was undoubtedly one of the low points for Hall during her DPD tenure. Not only did it take 72 hours for Guyger to be arrested but she also passed the case to the Texas Rangers, who have an alleged history of police cover-ups. When the community grilled Hall on why Guyger hadn’t been fired at that point, the police chief answered, “I can’t do that because there are both local, state and federal laws that prohibit me from taking action. There are civil service laws we have to adhere to.”
Hall is expected to officially step down as Dallas police chief on Nov. 10.Follow @Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ92qjamsbmoreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢
Dallas Police Chief Who Once Defended Not Firing Amber Guyger Is Set To Quit was originally published on newsone.com