Kalyn Chapman James, the first black Miss Alabama, has been placed on administrative leave by South Florida PBS station WPBT2 after calling Dallas sniper Micah Xavier Johnson a "martyr" for killing five cops. The comments were made Sunday on Facebook Live.
"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 began. "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."
"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."
See photos from the killing in Dallas:
Watch her full thoughts via the video above. James is an independent contractor for the local TV station.
Here's WPBT2's official statement, in which they do not mention her by name:
WPBT2's statement regarding comments made by one of its contractors surrounding the tragic events in Dallas. pic.twitter.com/WCDvVq0eOi
— WPBT2 (@WPBT2) July 11, 2016
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