Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall, the first Black woman to lead the city’s police force, has resigned, following the attacks she’s faced for doing her job.
Police acknowledged there was a “breakdown in communications” during protests after the death of George Floyd, including the tear gassing of protesters on the landmark Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge that Hall had initially said didn’t happen.
A report presented to the Dallas City Council last month detailed the missteps by the police department during protests from May 29 to June 1, with some council members saying they had lost trust in Hall’s ability to lead the police.
According to the report, more than $5 million in property damage was sustained after protests turned violent, while six police officers and two residents were seriously injured.
Hall gave herself a “C-” grade in handling the protests when asked to assess her role.
Her announcement comes just after the police chief in Rochester, New York, announced he would retire after unrest over the handling of the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died in police custody in March.
Hall’s resignation takes effect Nov. 10.
“I was a big champion for you chief, saying that there was no tear gas used on that bridge. I had to do a mea culpa publicly because I was told, and you also told us, that there was no tear gas used on that bridge,” councilman Omar Narvaez said. “I can tell you that I’m outraged as a council member and I’m outraged as a person who lives in the city of Dallas that even in this report, I don’t know who to trust. Hall, you are our top cop. And I have lost the trust.”
“It has not been easy,” Hall said of her time as police chief, in her resignation letter. “These past three years have been saturated with a series of unimaginable events that individually and collectively have never happened in the City of Dallas.”