Dallas police chief joins list of law enforcement officials tendering resignation

DALLAS — Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall announced her resignation Tuesday, the latest in a string of police chiefs to step down amid growing calls for police reform.

Hall didn’t cite a reason for leaving in her resignation letter obtained by Fox News. Calls and messages to the police department were not returned.

The announcement came shortly after inconsistencies were found in the department’s after-action report detailing the first few nights of protests after the death of George Floyd, the Dallas Morning News reported.

In her letter, Hall, 49, wrote that since taking office in 2017, the city has dealt with “an unthinkable series of events.” She added that she was proud of implementing reforms in the 3,000-officer department.

“I am proud that this department has not only coped with an unthinkable series of events, but we have also managed to implement critical reforms that were clearly needed for the Dallas Police Department to meet our 21st Century Policing goals,” she wrote.

Hall will remain with the department through Nov. 10. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said he wasn’t surprised by her pending departure.

“We cannot exclusively rely on law enforcement to reduce crime, but we absolutely need new policing strategies and fresh eyes that can help us reverse the unfortunate and unacceptable increases in violent crime in our city,” he said in a statement.

A report issued by the department last year found it struggled with operational plans, communication and maintaining a centralized command structure during the demonstrations after Floyd’s death. In addition, Hall clashed with city leaders over how police responded to the gatherings.

Hundreds were arrested, including those who marched on a city bridge, only to see the charges against them dropped.

Hall also faced backlash for demoting well-liked and skilled commanders upon her arrival in Dallas, the newspaper reported.

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

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best recently left the department over efforts by city leaders to slash the police budget. Earlier in the day, Rochester, N.Y., police Chief La’Ron Singletary said he will leave the department at the end of the month following criticism over his handling of the death of Daniel Prude, Law Officer reported. Rochester’s Deputy Chief Joseph Morabito announced his retirement simultaneously.

Furthermore, chiefs of police at Atlanta Police Department, Portland Police Bureau and Anne Arundel (Maryland) have been among the leaders who’ve resigned in the post-George Floyd political climate.


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