Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax was right to invite activist Dominique Alexander to help him evaluate candidates vying to be the next Dallas police chief.
Naming Alexander to one of several interview panels that met recently with the would-be chiefs was a smart, level-headed move aimed at lowering tensions between activists and police officers. That’s something everyone ought to applaud. Police officers included.
Some police representatives saw it differently and raised a ruckus. That snagged the attention of Dallas’ social media phenom Tomi Lahren. She promptly took to YouTube with an angry, profane and thunderously wrong-headed rant that has been viewed millions of times.
“Of all the left-wing, politically correct, intellectually dishonest bulls***,” she began. “... The Black Lives Matter activist behind last year’s protests that resulted in the death of five police officers was invited to help choose the next Dallas police chief.
Yeah, is your blood boiling yet?”
Lahren is flat-out wrong, even dangerously wrong.
The July 7, 2016, protests didn’t cause the murder of our five officers. Micah Johnson did, when he opened fire. The protesters had peacefully assembled to demonstrate their concern, one that will have to be addressed by the next police chief.
By putting one of the protest organizers on an interview panel, Broadnax wasn’t taking sides in that debate over police shootings. He simply recognizes a legitimate debate exists. And he’s wise enough to listen to multiple perspectives.
When recently contacted by our reporters, Lahren said it is Alexander’s felony conviction that most angers her: “There are excellent folks out there who can represent what the Black Lives Matter movement is supposed to stand for, and with good intentions,” she told the newspaper.
But that’s a ludicrous backtracking from the content of her video, in which she says plainly that “the Black Lives Matter movement itself is bull****.”
Last August, she called the movement “the new KKK.”
As for Alexander’s record, he was convicted in 2011 of felony harm to a child involving a 2 year old.
It’s serious crime, but it doesn’t disqualify him from offering a valuable perspective on the next police chief, especially since his work since has tapped into a community dialogue that desperately needs to continue.
Source : http://www.oaoa.com/editorial/views/texas_opinion/article_2136cda2-6c92-11e7-be73-bf2a90259765.html