Dallas police chief resigns after criticism of department’s actions against peaceful protesters

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall announced her resignation on Tuesday, a latest list of police chiefs amid growing calls for police reform.

Hall did not state the reason for leaving in his resignation letter obtained by Fox News. Calls and messages to the police department were not returned.

The Dallas Morning Report reported that the department’s action report shortly after the announcement revealed discrepancies after a few nights of protests following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died. Mornig was in police custody.


In his letter to the 49-year-old, Hall wrote that since he took office in 2017, the city has dealt with “an endless series of events”. She said she is proud of implementing the reforms in the 3,000-officer department.

“I am proud that this department has not only coped with an unimaginable series of events, but also in implementing the significant reforms we clearly need for the Dallas Police Department to meet the policing goals of the 21st century Have been successful, ”she wrote.

She indicated that she would continue her career in law enforcement. The hall will remain as the chief guest on 10 November. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said he was not surprised by his pending departure.

He said in a statement, “We cannot rely exclusively on law enforcement to reduce crime, but we need completely new policing strategies and fresh eyes, which are unfortunate in violent crimes in our city and May help reverse unacceptable growth. ”

Hall became Dallas’ top police officer after spending 18 years with the Detroit Police Department. As the chief of his time, a Dallas police officer was convicted of murder for shooting his neighbor and increased violent crime in the city.

A report released last year by the department found it conflicted with operational plans, communications and maintaining a centralized command structure during demonstrations following Floyd’s death. In addition, Hall clashed with city leaders on how the police responded to the gatherings.

Hundreds of people were arrested, including a march over a city bridge, only to see the charges leveled against them.

In this 2017 photo, an applicant at Police Headquarters in Dallas speaks to Dallas Police Chief U Rene Hall during a processing program. (AP Photo / LM Otro, File)

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The newspaper reported that Hall also suffered a backlash when he arrived in Dallas, toppling well-liked and skilled commanders.

His departure is the latest in a series of police chief resignations in major cities of the country.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best recently gave up on efforts by city leaders to reduce the police budget. Rochester, N.Y., Police Chief L’On Singletary said Tuesday that he would leave the department at the end of the month following criticism for dealing with Daniel Prude’s death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.