Dorothy Bland, dean of the journalism school at the University of North Texas, is used to taking a walk at daybreak. But rain delayed her exercise regimen until later Saturday morning when she began traversing the streets of her well-to-do Corinth neighborhood.
But soon “flashing lights and sirens from a police vehicle” paused her walk, she wrote in a column for the Dallas Morning News.
Bland was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, and she’s black.
“Like most African-Americans, I am familiar with the phrase ‘driving while black,’ but was I really being stopped for walking on the street in my own neighborhood?” she asked.
But after Corinth Police Chief Debra Walthall caught wind of the incident, she wrote a response, which was in the second part of the Dallas Morning News piece, and said that the encounter was about Bland’s safety, not race — and that dashcam video from the officer’s patrol car proves it.
Walthall said the officers saw Bland walking in the street with earbuds and “unaware that there was a pickup truck directly behind her that had to almost come to a complete stop to avoid hitting her.”
Walthall noted that while the patrol car’s emergency lights were activated, no sirens were used, contrary to Bland’s claim — and the officers “immediately” told Bland about their concern for her safety and the pickup truck and that she should walk against traffic instead.
Have false hate crime and police excessive use-of-force accusations become some sort of rite of passage thing among professional victimologists?
A year ago Libs & Progs were clamoring for dash and body cams (which were already in use or coming anyway). I wonder how many more such exposures of false accusations it will take for dash and body cams to be condemned as racist!
Speaking of this particular incident, this false accuser is a Journalism professor. I’m guessing she traded on that to get her piece in the Dallas Morning News, bypassing fact-checking. Kudos to the DMN for publishing the Corinth PD Chief’s fact-based response.
That false accuser’s job - Journalism professor - should be on the chopping block, but I don’t have enough faith in academia to have high expectations on that point.
BTW one daughter of this article’s author is Hannah Giles, who assisted James O’Keefe in his video exposure of ACORN.