A former Miss Alabama is at the center of a firestorm over comments she made about the fatal shootings of police officers last week in Dallas.
Kalyn Chapman James, who became the first African American Miss Alabama in 1993, apologized for the comments, which she made in a live Facebook video. In the clip, she says: “I don’t feel sad for the officers who lost their lives, and I know that’s not really my heart. 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.”
WPMI-TV in Mobile, Ala., talked with James after a controversy flared up over her comments. James said she had received threats: “People telling me to watch my back, people telling me to be careful, people telling me the police should never protect me,” she said.
James also clarified her feelings about the shooter, Micah Johnson. “What Micah did was wrong, period,” she said. “Maybe martyr wasn’t the right word but it was what came to mind at that time.”
She added: “I apologize to anyone who was offended by my comments — my heart was not filled with hate.”