The black chief of police in Dallas, Texas, took criticism this week after she claimed that violent felons are “forced to commit violent acts” by society.
That’s right, folks, the Dallas police chief is blaming all of us for the violence of repeat offenders. It isn’t the criminals’ fault, it’s YOURS, America.
The chief’s comments came as she was speaking about two recent homicide cases. The homicides were not the fault of those who committed them, she said.
“There are individuals in this city who have returned from prison who cannot find a job, who are not educated. In those instances, those individuals are forced to commit violent acts,” Dallas Police Chief Chief Renee Hall said.
— J.D. Miles (@jdmiles11) June 4, 2019
So, because the inner-city black culture is built on the idea that it is cool NOT to be educated, because that culture thoroughly excuses breaking the law, because it is suffused with finger pointing and a lack of accountability, it is everyone else’s fault that they turn into killers?
Seriously? THAT is her argument?
According to CBS, Dallas-Fort Worth, not many local police agree with the chief’s idiotic statement.
Hert statement which suggests that criminal records and lack of education force people to commit violent crimes outraged many.
Those speaking out include the head of the Dallas Police Association, Mike Mata, who sent CBS a statement:
By saying people who are ex-offenders “choose to commit violent acts” places the blame on the offender but still eludes to their criminal past being an excuse.
The Chief saying that people “forced to commit violent acts” it places the blame on society and makes the offenders the victim. I don’t believe anyone is forced to violently attack another person.
I believe in sentencing guidelines reform and educating violators prior to releasing back into society so they can have the best possible chance of not re-offending but we also have to be accountable for our own actions and never in any way validate an excuse to commit a violent act.
The National Latino Law Enforcement Officers Association also spoke out.
But with all the criticism, Chief Hall tried to “clarify” her comment, but only really ended up dobling down:
Today point was simple — there is no excuse for crime. Crime in general however, is on the rise in Dallas for many reasons. One of them being a lack of resources and opportunity. In no way, am I using that as an excuse to commit a crime. However, we have to work together as a community to remain vigilant and pro-active. I’ve asked our pastoral community, as a beginning, to develop ways to teach people how to resolve disputes without violence and find opportunities without resorting to crime
Not much of a clarification, is it? On one hand she says there is no excuse for crime, but then proceeds to restate her original point that it is America’s fault for not giving these criminals enough welfare.
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