- The Washington Times
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A city councilwoman in Northern California is facing calls for resignation after she claimed in a Facebook post that last week’s police killings in Dallas were “completely incited by America’s police force.”

Nevada City Councilwoman Reinette Senumwrote Friday that the murder of five officers and maiming of seven others at a Black Lives Matter rally just a day earlier was expected.

“This was completely incited by America’s police force,” Ms. Senum wrote, linking to a Huffington Post article about the Dallas attack. “They have obviously been given directives to go out there and kill. It’s insane and it’s meant to create mayhem.

“And let me add to this: I’m pointing out that we can expect this when the police murder somebody,” she wrote. “This is the oldest trick in the book…. it brings out more violence!!! It’s a terrible cycle that always escalates into something worse. Thus forcing us to ask ourselves, who is benefiting from this? THAT’s the answer I want to get to.”

Ms. Senum’s comment drew swift backlash, but she initially debated with commenters on Facebook and defended her statements, The Los Angeles Times reported.

“I don’t support any kind of killing of anyone. What I am against is the corruption. What I expect from this kind of senseless action from our police force is MORE SENSELESS KILLINGS! One killing does not justify another,” she wrote.

She wrote in a separate post Saturday that she was sorry and didn’t intend to vilify police.

“I would like to extend an apology first and foremost to the Nevada City Police Department whom I have the utmost respect for,” Ms. Senum wrote. “In no way did I mean to offend our highly regarded officers with my comments on Facebook.

“The intent was not to vilify our police force but to point out a well documented trend that is causing a public backlash towards the police,” she continued. “I have been pointing this out for years that ultimately any kind of violence begets violence. Today, we need to insist that America’s law enforcement includes in their standards and tactics how to interact with members of the public.

“We can have great sympathy for our police while holding them to high standards as well as the same laws that apply to the average citizen,” she wrote. “We need to ensure training includes race sensitivity, de-escalation tactics, when and how to make arrests, and how to approach the public on the streets and during traffic stops, as well as prosecute the offending officers.”

But Ms. Senum’s apology came too late for many, the Times noted.

Officer Tim Ewing, president of the Nevada City Police Officers Association, said officers have given Ms. Senum a “unanimous” vote of no confidence and are asking for her resignation, a local CBS News affiliate reported.

The Nevada County Deputy Sheriff’s Association also spoke out against Ms. Senum’s “inflammatory” comments.

“Inciting more hate in the face of a hate-based tragedy is enough by itself, but accusing peace officers, the very ones she now has power over, of having orders to kill and reaping what they sow when they’re murdered is appalling,” the association said, the Times reported.

More than 2,300 people have signed an online petition calling for Ms. Senum’s resignation.

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