Last month, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall had nearly 700 individuals taken into custody and hit with at-large arrest charges after they blocked a major highway in the city.
After blocking the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, 647 protesters were put in zip-tie handcuffs.
An unapologetic Hall said in a subsequent press conference that she was the one that made the call to detain individuals and reiterated that she “warned” protesters not to break the law, lest they be arrested.
“We warned them,” she said, FOX 4 reported at the time. “If you break the law, we will arrest you.”
“There are many who question and are not happy with the decisions that I made on yesterday,” Hall said, as noted by CNS News. “Let me be clear, I am not here to make people happy. My job and our job in law enforcement is to keep this city safe. We have pledged that. We will do that. And that is our goal.”
“Although peaceful, the protesters broke the law,” the police chief continued. “On last night, they assembled and then they began to walk, and we supported that walk. When they began to enter the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge they were given a warning because it is against the law.”
“The penal code 42.03, obstruction of a highway or passageway, says they are not allowed to walk in the middle of the roadway or freeway or overpass,” Hall explained.
The chief reiterated that protesters were warned, yet still blocked the highway. “They did not stop,” she said. “They decided to take a knee on the bridge and hold their hands up and say, ‘Don’t shoot!'”
“Again, no one should be surprised because my statement is, if you break the law, we will arrest you,” Hall stated.
On Sunday, protesters in Rochester, New York, blocked a major highway during an anti-police protest as officers surrounded them for protection.
None of the protesters were detained, arrested, or charged.
— Rich Healey (@r_heals13) July 19, 2020
On the same day as the radical anti-police protest, two vehicles personally belonging to Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies were torched at their home.
The cause of the fire is being investigated as arson and the motive remains unclear.
As noted by The Daily Wire last month, Hall was later featured in a video posted in mid-June to express “solidarity with people protesting the death of George Floyd,” which ended with the police chief getting down on one knee.
“To the communities we serve: We hear you. But before we move forward, we need to pause,” the video statement says. “To listen before we speak. And to kneel before we stand. … We join those in law enforcement who are stopping, listening and kneeling.”
The statement in the video concludes, “Because Black lives do matter.”