Professor Accuses Police Of Racially Profiling Her - They Release Dashcam Footage In Response (Video)

University of North Texas journalism professor Dorothy Bland made some headlines for reasons outside the classroom when she penned a column detailing an experience she had in her neighborhood. Bland, who is black, explained that she was simply walking through her neighborhood when she was stopped and questioned by the police, and she felt she was the victim of racial profiling.

As the Huffington Post shares, Bland painted a harrowing picture of the treatment she received from the officers.

“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,” she wrote.

Bland’s column continued with accusations that she was racially profiled, but some recent developments reveal that not to be the case at all. Dashcam video has been released that shows it was a routine interaction between her and the officers.

“They immediately advised … that it was safer for her to walk against traffic so she could see the cars and jump out of the way if necessary. Impeding traffic is a Class C misdemeanor, and it is our policy to ask for identification from people we encounter for this type violation. I am surprised by her comments as this was not a confrontational encounter but a display of professionalism and genuine concern for her safety,” a statement from Corinth Police Chief Debra Walthall read in part.

That’s a pretty damning assessment of what really went down, and Bland has declined to comment further. Quite frankly, it’s pretty stunning that someone whose job description reads as ‘dean of the journalism school at the University of North Texas’ would pen such an inflammatory article that can be best described as a piece of fiction. While there remains plenty of work to be done to improve relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve, having influential people such as Bland walking around crying wolf does absolutely nothing to improve things.

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