Professor Claims Police Racially Profiled Her, They Respond By Releasing Dashcam Footage (Video)

A woman wrote an editorial for Dallas News saying that Texas police approached her with sirens and flashing lights as she was on her daily morning walk in her own upscale neighborhood. They were vague about why she was stopped and demanded ID, and she accuses the officers of racial profiling.

According to Dorothy Bland, she was stopped for ‘walking while black.’

"Knowing that the police officers are typically armed with guns and are a lot bigger than my 5 feet, 4 inches, I had no interest in my life’s story playing out like Trayvon Martin’s death," she wrote, likening herself to several other black people who were killed by police, insinuating she felt threatened during the incident. Bland wasn’t harmed physically but felt she was a victim of racism.

"For anyone who doesn’t think racial profiling happens, I can assure you it does happen," said Bland, though she later adds, "...I refuse to let this incident ruin my life."

Bland, dean of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism and the director of the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas, embellished her experience quite a bit. Corinth Police Chief Debra Walthall set the record straight by releasing police dashcam footage.

As it turns out, there were no sirens that pulled over Bland. The police merely stopped their car and flashed a light to catch the exercising woman's attention.

According to Walthall, "...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."

Bland was not only walking in the road, but flailing her arms. She was oblivious of traffic coming up behind her. Police officers immediately told her why she was being stopped: her safety was at risk. They advised she walk on the opposite side of the road so she could see oncoming traffic and jump out of the way.

"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," wrote Walthall.

Clearly, color played a role in the incident, but those colors weren't black and white. It was yellow journalism, which when exposed, undoubtedly left the dean's face red.

Source: Buzzfeed
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