MIAMI (WSVN) - Controversy is swirling around comments on the Dallas shooting by a Miami woman, who happens to be the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss Alabama.
Kalyn Chapman James said in a tearful video on Facebook, Sunday, that she’s not sad about the deaths of the Dallas Police officers. James said she’s more upset at the amount of black men being shot by police and feels the Dallas shooter was
In the video, James said, “I don’t feel sad for the officers that lost their lives, and I know that’s not my heart. I value human life, and I want to feel bad for them, but I can’t help feeling that the shooter was a martyr.”
Since posting the video, CNN reports that she was been placed on administrative leave from her job as a WPBT2 television host in Miami. She reportedly has received death threats, as well.
James spoke to a CNN host Tuesday and said she detests the killing of the officers and taking of innocent lives. “I don’t consider him a hero,” James told CNN about the shooter.
According to Miss Alabama pageant organizers, James won the Miss Alabama title in 1993 and was a semifinalist for Miss America.
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