Immediately after five Dallas police officers were murdered in cold blood, former Miss Alabama called the shooter a martyr. This did not go well with many people especially her work place. KLTV reported: MIAMI, FL (WBRC) – The first black Miss Alabama titleholder has been suspended from a Florida TV station after sharing controversial thoughts on the deadly Dallas ambush on Facebook.
Kalyn Chapman James, Miss Alabama 1993, is on administrative leave from her role as a contractor for WPBT2 in Miami as the station looks into her statements.
James called shooting suspect Micah Johnson a “martyr” in a Facebook Live video posted on July 10. “I feel a little bit of guilt because I don’t feel sad for the officers that lost their lives and I know that that’s really not my heart,” she said tearfully in the video. “I value human life and I want to feel sad for them but I can’t help but feeling like the shooter was a martyr. I know that’s not the right way to feel.” She said she is sad and hurt but “doesn’t feel surprised” by the shooting.
The station issued the below statement on its Twitter page regarding her statements: WPBT2 South Florida PBS offers its sincerest thoughts and prayers to the Dallas shooting victims and their family and friends. The use of terrorism, violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims is never the right answer. We do not condone any suggestion that terrorism is acceptable or that it should be tolerated.
WPBT2 South Florida PBS supports non-violent approaches to complicated issues and policy reforms. In fact, we go to great lengths to bring viewers in-depth and meaningful programming that examines important issues that directly impact our communities and country such as criminal justice reforms and race relations.
WPBT2 South Florida PBS does not condone the personal statements made by one of its independent contractors regarding the events in Dallas. It placed the contractor on administrative leave while it actively and carefully looks further into the matter and will determine additional course of actions passed on its thorough review of the matter.