Photo by Elizabeth Lavin.


Reneé Hall Isn’t So Sure Dallas Is Ready for Her

The new chief of police has some thoughts about her adopted city.

For the profile of U. Reneé Hall that she wrote for the May issue of D Magazine, Jamie Thompson first met the Dallas police chief in September. Jamie got to tag along with the chief and watch how she operated in the earliest weeks of her new job. We initially thought the story would run in January. But then complications got in the way. Jamie took on another project. There were some additional questions for the chief as she disbanded the vice unit and then became harder to gain access to. Jamie didn’t reconnect with Hall until several months later. In some ways, she encountered a changed woman. Hall’s time in Dallas had not gone without hiccups. There were questions about why it was taking so long for her to pass the exam that would allow her to wear a uniform. Hall said that her treatment in Dallas had so upset her mother that she hadn’t yet come to visit her daughter here.

The story went online today. Looking back, I’m glad we weren’t able to keep with our original plan to publish. The extra time brought into a focus a much more nuanced look at our new chief — a woman unafraid, as it turns out, to strike a pose.


  • RompingWillyBilly

    You know, you can elect a black man as mayor in Plano and he will become invisible, give a Spanish name to a major development in Irving and no one will ever take notice, but the city of Dallas hiring a black woman as police chief? Shoot, the city of Dallas has yet to prove that it deserves self rule. The state should step in to govern the city until it agrees to quit trying to screw all the surrounding suburbanites by tearing out I-345. Only then will the city prove that it is responsible enough to hire a black lady police chief.

    • bmslaw

      What does that even mean?

      • RompingWillyBilly

        I am an artist trying to animate in today’s modern coloring book violating its boundaries with wild scribbles of black and white crayons, smashing chunks of alternate pink and lavender on this and that, drooling, cutting off an ear, tossing in disgust the whole Crayola box over yonder and to even further yon out the window onto the balcony of my Uptown condominium!
        “God help us!” I cried. “We’ve got a black lady police chief!”
        Indeed, like the whole world, I have become a victim!!

        • bmslaw

          Yes, but what does that even mean?

          • RompingWillyBilly

            Sorry, I just let my emotions spill out.

        • SuperTroll

          Anyone can call themselves an artist. Did you know that I’m a superhero?

          • RompingWillyBilly

            I am not a troll. I think the T-word has become the new N-word as everyone has a different opinion as to what one is.
            I was just trying to free my mind and it didn’t work out.