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Police Chief Apologizes After Text Alert Tells Public To ‘Notify Police Of Black Males’

Police Chief Apologizes After Text Alert Tells Public To ‘Notify Police Of Black Males’

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A Texas police chief is apologizing after a text alert was sent out asking the public to contact the police if they “see any black males.”

News 12 reports that Officers were on the hunt for four men who robbed an ATM in Alabama. After receiving a tip that the men were driving through Vidor, Texas, police had attempted to pull them over. However, they managed to escape which led to the text alert warning the residents.

“Burglary Suspects in the area. Please shelter in place and notify Vidor Police if you see any black males in the area. No other description at this time. Heavy Law Enforcement in the area. Use caution. Unk if any weapons,” read the text.

Many were outraged with the wording of the text and Police Chief Rod Carroll apologized after becoming aware of the wording of the text.

“I apologize to anyone that was offended because I will tell you I was personally offended when I read that message that went out,” Carroll said. “I trust my folks and that’s one of the things I need to make sure that we’re very specific in what we send out and being very careful in the wording that we send out.”

“It did not include, A, that first off the 1800 block of North Tram was the location of where we were looking for these individuals, and the word ‘suspicious’ Just because you’re a black male walking through Vidor, Texas, doesn’t make him the suspect. We need to get past this stigma.”

He added that the person who sent the text was being dealt with internally.

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