Police in Corinth, Texas, released dashcam video (below) of an incident involving a University of Northern Texas professor after she wrote a column for the Dallas Morning News claiming she was stopped for “walking while black.”
In her column, professor Dorothy Bland — dean of the university’s journalism school — said she was walking in her neighborhood on Oct. 24 when she was stopped by police officers.
“Flashing lights and sirens from a police vehicle interrupted a routine Saturday morning walk in my golf-course community in Corinth,” she wrote.
“Like most African-Americans, I am familiar with the phrase ‘driving while black,’ but was I really being stopped for walking on the street in my own neighborhood?”
Bland claimed she was asked for her identification and to verify where she lived.
“I guess I was simply a brown face in an affluent neighborhood,” she said.
Dashcam footage of the incident ultimately told a different story, with officers advising her to walk on the side of the road so she could see oncoming traffic.
“We didn’t want you to get hit,” one of the officers can be heard saying.
Bland is ultimately released and can be seen in the video walking to the side of the street.
“They immediately advised … that it was safer for her to walk against traffic so she could see the cars and jump out of the way if necessary,” police chief Debra Walthall wrote in response to Bland’s column, reports The Washington Times.
“Impeding traffic is a Class C misdemeanor, and it is our policy to ask for identification from people we encounter for this type violation. I am surprised by her comments as this was not a confrontational encounter but a display of professionalism and genuine concern for her safety.”
Watch the interaction between Bland and the officers below.