Dallas Chief Says Criminals Are 'Forced To Commit Violent Acts,' Blames Society

Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said that offenders are "forced" to commit crimes due to a lack of job opportunities.

Dallas, TX – Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall drew the ire of citizens and law enforcement groups on Monday when she implied that society is to blame for forcing criminals who commit violent acts (video below).

“There are socioeconomic issues that are related to crime in individuals in this city,” Chief Hall said during a press conference discussing two recent homicides. “There are individuals in this city who have returned from prison who cannot find a job, who are not educated.”

“In those instances, those individuals are forced to commit violent acts,” the chief declared.

Many were outraged by Chief Hall’s comment, including Dallas Police Association President Mike Mata.

“The Chief saying that people [are] ‘forced to commit violent acts’ it places the blame on society and makes the offenders the victim,” Mata told KTVT. “I don’t believe anyone is forced to violently attack another person.”

By using the word “forced” as opposed to “choose,” Chief Hall placed blame on society, rather than offenders, he said.

“I believe in sentencing guidelines reform and educating violators prior to releasing back into society so they can have the best possible chance of not re-offending,” Mata continued, “but we also have to be accountable for our own actions and never in any way validate an excuse to commit a violent act.”

Chief Hall clarified her comment later on Monday night.

“There is no excuse for crime,” she said, according to KTVT. “Crime in general however, is on the rise in Dallas for many reasons. One of them being a lack of resources and opportunity.”

Chief Hall said she is “in no way” using socioeconomic factors “as an excuse to commit a crime.”

“However, we have to work together as a community to remain vigilant and pro-active,” she added.

Chief Hall said she has reached out to the city’s pastoral community and asked them to help develop ways for citizens to access resources and to resolve disputes nonviolently.

You can watch a clip from Chief Hall’s press conference in the video below:

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magnumforc
magnumforc

Hmmm..uneducated because their fat ass mama stayed home breeding with multiple men instead of actually taking care of the kids and making them go to school. Leave them run the streets at night because she got no time to deal with those kids. Unemployed because they are lazy, steal and are violent at work but hey, that most be the company's fault. Opportunity is what one makes of it...poor or rich or anywhere in between.

Blueberry moon
Blueberry moon

A wall at the Texas Boarder will keep people out and opening up more jobs not only Texas but every State

Zpwjs
Zpwjs

The only way to make them victim is to take a look at what the Dems have offered since LBJ.

retiredcop
retiredcop

Every prison I know of offers high school GEDs and college diplomas and some offer trade schools. If felons chose to major in advanced thuggery instead of higher education, is that society's fault?

Crazy Horse Archives
Crazy Horse Archives

Yeah, that's it. Blame the police for the scumbag behavior of the savages and vermin in your city.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

People can "choose" not to get the education that's given to them so freely in the public education system, or while incarcerated, that's their choice. Their lack of employability because of that choice shouldn't be society's problem. To blame some innocent bystander for getting accosted and robbed through no fault of his own is ludicrous and shows her comments as ignorant and race-biased.

GHarvey
GHarvey

I agree to a certain extent that society sucks right now and some feel they must resort to crime to get along. BUT...That is no excuse and I hope she allows the officers under her command to take care of business without restraint.

investigator
investigator

WTH is wrong with this Fool???? She should be fired..NOW!!!!

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Victimhood and entitlement at all levels of society.

It’s pathetic.

Mike 2112
Mike 2112

Opportunities? You mean, like, jobs?

I guess closing down thousands of factories and shipping the jobs to China wasn't such a great idea huh? Thank the Wash DC Swamp for doing that, Chief.

And start voting for politicians who will fix it.

LPD133
LPD133

Hood comments from a hood "chief"....Detroit, what do you expect? What an embarrassing and shameful comment. I bet my friends at DPD are just "right proud" of their boss. ...Not.

djvd
djvd

It's a standing excuse "its everyone else's fault" that people become thugs. Why doesn't this "officer" just admit that her Detroit mentally "poor us .. we aren't responsible for our criminal actions" is a hugh part of her incompetance to even be a common dog catcher .. much less be "chief of the pound".

LynnSB
LynnSB

YOU CAN NOT FIX STUPID !!!

Deadfan73
Deadfan73

Well Dallas- you got exactly what you asked for. Electing and placing people in positions of power only considering whether or not you can check the minority and women boxes rather than basing it on achievement, character, and moral qualities and you end up with this monstrosity. Maybe if she were more worried about her community rather than painting in fake moles and eyelashes- she’d realize SHE is the failure. What an absolute asshat.

Cwret
Cwret

I have to wonder just what she actually did as an officer working her way up the ranks to even qualify for the chief’s position. You can bet ever defense attorney will be referring to her comments as a defense for their deprived clients. I believe the DA in Dallas is George Soros backed.

Pissedoffpatriot
Pissedoffpatriot

Big surprise There! They always blame someone else when they get caught committing crime, cry racism if they get investigated or searched but do little to help their own race.

redpill
redpill

We are INUNDATED with job opportunities. THAT is not the issue. The ISSUE is the criminals a) dropped out, b) lazy, c) can't read, d) have ZERO marketable skills, e) too GD stupid to actually be hired. Tired of all the fucking excuses.

retired40
retired40

This lady is in the wrong job. I think a daycare helper is more in line.

Colombiano
Colombiano

We are fu...ed!!!

Don 57
Don 57

This is more of an indication that the state is turning blue (liberals). Poor or non-existent parenting, lack of respect for your fellow person and a major sense of entitlement a lot of this equals liberals. 99% of the time criminals or criminal acts are a choice. Obviously if you're stealing because you're starving is a total different animal that's the 1%. Got to vote these people out of office. They are destroying what's left of this country.

nolagal
nolagal

Bullshit. She needs to be fired. You should never justify crime.

LynnSB
LynnSB

She should be FORCED to walk her Azz out of the Station and NEVER come back -- Fing Moron !!

AlexanderKaras
AlexanderKaras

I'd love to see what her response is to President Trumps initiative regarding inner city investments throughout USA, the job and education opportunities that it will bring? She may not have heard about it if she's stuck on the least trusted news sources in America.

Her truthful initial reaction paints a troubling accurate mindset/ picture that a highly paid "innovator" administrator shouldn't present if they were on the ball and cutting edge. Who and how was she chosen?

GotYourBackBlue
GotYourBackBlue

Well it's difficult to find a job when your only daily priority is getting that next "fix" or waiting for that welfare check to come in.

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

A black female who sympathizes with criminals (?) - SHOCKING!

Superman1968
Superman1968

Wow lady! You must be the dumbest f'en person ever with that statement. Liberal bullshit, so she doesn't have to assume any responsibility for not doing her job. She just wants to look good in front of the cameras in her uniform, which now should be stripped from her for failure to uphold her duty of office.

Les H
Les H

When you blame society are you talking about Lyndon Baines Johnson is great society?

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

I'm from this area. I believe she was hired to fill one of those EEO spots. She hasn't been an effective chief at all. I sure miss Chief David Brown.