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Ex Miss Alabama on ‘Administrative Leave’ From TV Job After Calling Dallas Sniper ‘Martyr’

Kalyn Chapman James reporting for South Florida PBS station WPBT
Kalyn Chapman James reporting for South Florida PBS station WPBT

*Kalyn Chapman James, the former Miss Alabama who made a video lamenting the fact that she felt Dallas sniper Michael Xavier Johnson was a “martyr,” has been placed on administrative leave from her job at South Florida PBS station WPBT2.

“I’m dealing with a bit of guilt, because I don’t feel sad for the officers that lost their lives — and I know that that’s really not my heart,” James said in a video made Sunday via Facebook Live, referencing the five Dallas police officers shot and killed by Johnson at a demonstration against police brutality.

“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 — 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,” she said.

Kalyn Chapman James
Kalyn Chapman James

“I’m so torn up in my heart about seeing these … black men being gunned down in my community that I can’t help but feel like I wasn’t surprised what the shooter did to those cops,” she added. “And I think a lot of us feel the same way.”

Below is WPBT2’s official statement, in which they do not mention James by name:

Below, one of James’ reports for WPBT:

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