Former Miss Alabama calls Dallas shooter a “martyr”

Former Miss Alabama Kalyn Chapman James says she can’t help but feel like Dallas shooting suspect Micah Xavier Johnson was a “martyr” following the police involved shootings of black men in cities across the country. “I’m dealing with a bit of guilt because .. because I don’t feel sad for the officers that lost their lives,” said James, the first African American to hold the Miss Alabama title.

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“I want to feel sad for them but I can’t help but feeling like the shooter was a martyr,” James said during a tearful, anguished Facebook Live video, titled “I don’t want to feel this way,” that’s been viewed more than 300,000 times. “And I know it’s not the right way to feel because nobody deserves to lose their lives. I know those police officers had families and people who loved them and that they didn’t deserve to die.”

Kalyn Chapman James was crowned Miss Alabama in 1993.

Kalyn Chapman James was crowned Miss Alabama in 1993.

At several points during the video, which James posted after church, her voice quakes with emotion.

“I’m so torn up in my heart about seeing these black men being gunned down in our community that I can’t help but feel like I wasn’t surprised by what the shooter did to those cops and I think a lot of us feel the same way,” she said. “I know it’s not right and I definitely don’t condone violence.”

She concludes with, “I’m sick of this. I’m sad and I’m hurt. Something has to be done, period. It’s a lot to deal with.”

She was crowned in 1993 and now lives in Florida.

Dallas Police Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, Officers Michael Krol and Patrick Zamarripa and Sgt. Michael Smith and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson were shot to death Thursday at the end of a protest march in downtown Dallas. Johnson was killed by a robot-delivered bomb after negotiations failed.

“He wanted to kill officers,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said during a news conference. “The suspect stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers. He expressed anger for Black Lives Matter.”

But the suspect acted alone and was not affiliated with any groups, Brown added.

“All I know is this must stop,” Brown said. “This divisiveness between our police and our citizens.”

President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush are scheduled to speak at an interfaith service in Dallas today.

 

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121 comments
James Stone
James Stone

Correct me if I am wrong, black lives matter, white lives matter, brown lives matter, red lives matter, yellow lives matter, and all lives matter. Look it up its in the Bible.

Holly Holland Stewart
Holly Holland Stewart

It makes me sad to hear how many more black racists there seem to be than white racists these days... The US will never be a harmonious nation until all people start accepting each other. The hateful blacks are no better than the KKK. Both blacks AND whites need to stand together to let these extremists know that such views are NOT acceptable in ANY culture... smh!!

Daniel Fifield
Daniel Fifield

ajc keeps sharing the same stupid story. Way to show some integrity.

Gary Rebholtz
Gary Rebholtz

You are a real piece of work. Killing after another killing really settles matters. The Louisiana killing appears to be way over normal bounds, however , none of us know the whole story. I must admit from the videos we have seen , two cos have the New Orleans guy pinned down. Why did the one cop feel he to shoot to kill? Shoot him in the arm. However, it does not give people the right to unjustly take ice officers lives!

Ben Dinroad
Ben Dinroad

What an idiot...seek professional help lady.

Joan Collins Gerry
Joan Collins Gerry

Sorry wrong face \U0001f621\U0001f621\U0001f621\U0001f621\U0001f621\U0001f621

Amy Gatsby
Amy Gatsby

I'm unfollowing this crappy newspaper. Atlanta should feel ashamed they have such a terrible newspaper...I'm glad newspapers are a dying medium.

Jere C. Smith
Jere C. Smith

Why, AJC, do you enable the highly divisive and ignorant like this woman by providing them with media exposure? I just don't understand you people.

Mario DePaoli
Mario DePaoli

Funny how this post finally went away, then as soon as the Bayon Rouge shooting occurs, here it is again!! Hmmmm....

Missy Cline
Missy Cline

Strip her from her citizenship and send her out of our country!!! She is a racists person.

DawgMan Gary Timms
DawgMan Gary Timms

All this up roar is b.s. if the blacks thats getting killed by cops wasn't involved in some sort of illegal activity then they would have never drawed the attention of the cops therefore putting themselves in a situation to be involved#S.M.H.

Donald Pattillo
Donald Pattillo

Bet she would change her mind if one of those officers was her dad or brother or husband .Then she be saying he was a criminal or something along that line.

Joyce Brannon
Joyce Brannon

Maybe she'd be happier if she relocated from AL to, oh, maybe Syria or Iran!!

Katy West Chastain
Katy West Chastain

Here we go more of the summer of chaos!!! Wake up people Lynch and Obama are in with BLM in order to declare Marshall LAW lets take back our country!!! Rise up Americans \U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8 #summerofchaos

Jessica Gordon
Jessica Gordon

AJC I'm so sick of seeing his ugly psycho's face. Please stop regurgitating this article

Robert Redditt
Robert Redditt

Ok I feel sad for the innocent officers that lost their lives in Dallas. I also feel equally sad for the black men losing their lives by having a broken tail light or selling cd's outside a mall. It appears that we are supposed to have the equal right to carry, but a Black man with a firearm appears to be a death sentence, permit or not.

Dejah Turner
Dejah Turner

I think martyr isn't accurate, but I can see where she is coming from in a way. I feel horrible that those poor men died for something that wasn't their fault, but my levels of empathy have considerably dropped in the wake of all the black men being shot. It isn't right to play the "why should I feel bad for you when you all don't feel bad for us" game because it helps no one, but that's how I'm feeling right now.

Damon Mclin
Damon Mclin

Idiot what she is she should move to Iraq

Michael Maddox
Michael Maddox

I don't fill any guilt for her . Let her lose her job and her money.

Michael Maddox
Michael Maddox

Thanks Robbin. Will correct. By the way your Beautiful

Sharon Wilson
Sharon Wilson

Do you know the meaning of the word martyr? Because a martyr he was not \U0001f44e\U0001f3fd

Terri Brooks-Joseph
Terri Brooks-Joseph

We've learned some of the officers that were slain were white supremacist. ...

Frankconnie Scott
Frankconnie Scott

My god don't see color everybody has to face him at the end NO MATTER WHAT

Christy Cotner Dorfman
Christy Cotner Dorfman

She is racist and I'm offended as a white person. I don't feel safe now. Imagine that.

Sue Weddle
Sue Weddle

You should feel guilt. What does the murder of 5 innocent officers in Dallas have to do with the murder of two black men in Louisiana and Michigan. Get your thinking straight. That is the same kind of thinking that leads to innocent black people being killed whose only sin is being black

Rhonda Tarber Hardy
Rhonda Tarber Hardy

Catherine I agree the PD don't deserve what happen, but most PD don't go to jail, they get suspended with pay........ Fact.

Kitty O'Hare
Kitty O'Hare

Someone needs a few Spelling & English lessons.... JS!!!!!!

Chad Bait
Chad Bait

She is a nut case and should be on 24 hr Watch.She is a threat to our men and woman in law enforcement.She is full of hate and Full of brain washing lies from the lens of the media.She needs to put down the kool-aid

Robert Butcher
Robert Butcher

SHE Has A distorted And TWISTED MIND NO COMPASSION

Betty Little
Betty Little

Rosa Parks didn't give up her seat but she didn't trash the bus.

Trish Scott
Trish Scott

She needs a charge for promoting violence with a hate speach.

Eric Robert
Eric Robert

No one cares about the thoughts of another ignorant contributor to the destruction of society.

Gwen Heath Johnson
Gwen Heath Johnson

Every thought that comes in your head shouldn't spill out of your mouth. Hates has only caused problems....never solved a single one!

Shirley Cooper
Shirley Cooper

Tell organe donny boy. He can say what he wants 2 say.

Gwen Heath Johnson
Gwen Heath Johnson

Trump's crazy too! I have know problem with her views (they're her's, not mine), but why jeopardize your financial security putting this on social media? Rightly or wrongly she will judged on this one statement.

Lisa F. Austin
Lisa F. Austin

How many times are you going to run this? AJC is becoming an absolute joke!