Dallas police chief announces resignation

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FILE – In this Sept. 7, 2017 photo, Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall talks during an applicant processing event at police headquarters in Dallas. Hall resigned Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, following concern from the mayor and city council members over her leadership and the department’s handling of recent protests. A city spokeswoman says Chief Hall will step down on Nov. 10. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

DALLAS (NewsNation Now) — Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall is resigning from her position, city officials announced Tuesday. 

In her letter of resignation, Hall wrote that Dallas police have dealt with “an unthinkable series of events” since she took office in 2017. Hall said she’s proud of how the department “coped” and “implemented critical reforms.”

Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax released a statement to NewsNation saying he accepted her resignation. 

Chief Hall was the first Black female police chief in the city.

She recently came under fire for the police department’s response to protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody in May.

During the demonstration on June 1, Dallas Police along with several other agencies surrounded protesters gathered on Margaret Hill Bridge. Police used rubber bullets and smoke grenades to stop the march.

Initial reports stated tear gas was used, but officials say it was smoke. Several protesters sustained injuries from the rubber bullets and canisters officers fired at them.

Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said the protesters broke the law when they marched on to the bridge and were warned beforehand.

According to the Dallas Police After Action Review, a report on the protests released in August, the department admitted to using tear gas. 

Hall’s resignation letter says she’s keeping her “next career step confidential.”

“I will remain committed to my true calling which is law enforcement,” she wrote.

Hall will officially step down from her position on Nov. 10.

NewsNation affiliate KDAF contributed to this report.

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