Breaking news:Dallas Chief Says She Can't Fire Amber Guyger for Killing Botham Jean, But Dept Rules Imply Otherwise
"I can't do that because there are both local, state and federal laws that prohibit me from taking action. There are civil service laws we have to adhere to," said Hall.
But experts say this is not true.
As WFAA reports, Justin Moore, a civil rights attorney was a panelist at the meeting and was surprised by the Chief's comments. "I was completely mystified, and I really didn't understand where it came from last night. It seemed like Chief Hall might not have been well informed on the law," said Moore.
WFAA went further and noted that the "the Dallas Police Department general orders do allow the chief to take action, saying, 'The Chief of Police may circumvent all formal disciplinary procedures to render an immediate decision when it deems it necessary to preserve the integrity of the department.'"
More breaking news:Why apartment managers really visited Botham Jean's home before he was killed by Amber Guyger
Like all compassionate and sensible persons examining the senseless death of Botham Jean, Representative Beto O'Rourke clearly supports the firing of killer Dallas police officer Amber Guyger. However, his opponent in the US Senate race, Sen. Ted Cruz, seems to sense herein a political opportunity to score some points with his supporters.
"I wish Beto O'Rourke and Democrats weren't so quick to always blame the police officer," Cruz stated in an interview after describing Botham Jean as having "found himself murdered," and broaching for the possibility that Guyger's actions were perhaps "a horrifying and horrific misunderstanding" but that possibly "it may be something else." "That's why we have a legal justice system to actually learn what the facts are and learn what happened. That's why "I don't think we should jump to conclusions."
[Please see the full Daily Kos article: Ted Cruz: Amber Guyger may have committed murder, but she shouldn't lose her job over it
I admire the way Daily Kos put it so bluntly:
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