Two more high-profile Black police chiefs announced this week that they plan to step down amid protest unrest, spurring more questions about whether Black Lives Matter is hurting rather than helping Black Americans.
In New York, Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary said Wednesday he refused to “sit idly by while outside entities attempt to destroy my character.” A day earlier, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall submitted her resignation after coming under criticism for her handling of anti-police protests.
Their departures come a month after the retirement of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, the city’s first Black female chief, who fought for months to squelch protest rioting as the city council, which has no Black members, voted to cut the department’s budget.
Black conservatives were quick to point out the irony. “There was a time in this country where systemic racism existed; and you couldn’t find a black police chief,” tweeted Allen Sutton, founder of Stewardship America.
“Now, black police