The first black Miss Alabama has ignited controversy after calling the Dallas gunman a “martyr” and saying she doesn't feel sad for the five Dallas police officers he ambushed last week.
“I don't feel sad for the officers that lost their lives," Kayln James, crowned the first black Miss Alabama in 1993, said in a tearful Facebook Live video after attending a church service.
“I know that’s not really my heart. I value human life. And I want to feel sad for them, but I can’t help but feeling like the shooter was a martyr,” she said.
“And I know it’s not the right way to feel because nobody deserves to lose their lives, and I know that those police officers had families and people who loved them and that they didn’t deserve to die, but I’m so torn up in my heart about seeing these men, these black men, being gunned down in our community that I can’t help, I can’t help but feel like," James continued. "I wasn’t surprised by what the shooter did to those cops, and I think a lot of us feel the same way, and I know it’s not right, and I definitely don’t condone violence, but I’m sick of this."
She asked viewers to share their “insights” or words of comfort.
After her remarks gained attention online, James was placed on administrative leave from her job as a Florida television host.
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In a subsequent facebook post, James wrote, “I do not condone violence against anyone.”
James wrote that she has been “threatened, harassed and called awful names” over the video.
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