Dorothy Bland, professor and Dean of Journalism at the University of North Texas, wrote in the op-ed pages of the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday that a recent encounter she had with local police had been an instance of her being stopped for "walking while black."
"For anyone who doesn’t think racial profiling happens, I can assure you it does happen," wrote Ms. Bland. "I guess I was simply a brown face in an affluent neighborhood."
Ms. Bland continued, "Although I am not related to Sandra Bland, I thought about her, Freddie Gray and the dozens of others who have died while in police custody."
Corinth Police Chief Debra Walthall, however, firmly disagreed with the insinuation that race played a role in the encounter with Ms. Bland and offered the public a view of the dash cam video that caught the entire police encounter with Ms. Bland on tape.
"My officers, a field training officer and his recruit, observed Ms. Bland walking in the roadway wearing 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," said Chief Walthall.
Walthall continued, "The driver of the truck looked at the officers as they passed and held his hands in the air, which implied 'aren’t you going to do something about this?' The officers turned around and drove behind Ms. Bland."
After contacting Ms. Bland, officers informed her that they were merely stopping her for her own safety and the safety of others on the roadway.
Watch the video and decide for yourself.
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