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Nevada City councilwoman faces backlash after blaming police for Dallas shootings

Texas troopers provide security at the shooting site in Dallas on Friday, July 8, 2016. On Thursday, 12 police officers were shot, five fatally, before police killed a gunman early Friday.
Texas troopers provide security at the shooting site in Dallas on Friday, July 8, 2016. On Thursday, 12 police officers were shot, five fatally, before police killed a gunman early Friday. TNS

Nevada City Councilwoman Reinette Senum is facing criticism from local law enforcement agencies and residents for a controversial Facebook post she wrote after five Dallas police officers were killed by a sniper.

“This was completely incited by America’s police force,” she wrote Friday. “They have obviously been given directives to go out there and kill. It’s insane and it’s meant to create mayhem.”

The Nevada City Police Officers Association has called for Senum to resign and sent a letter of no confidence to the City Council, according to Officer Tim Ewing, the group’s president.

“When you say something like that to incite violence against police officers and you live in a small town, you can’t just backtrack,” Ewing said. “We don’t feel like we can stand by and let her put us down.”

Jesse King, a Nevada City resident, started an online petition to demand her resignation, collecting 801 signatures as of Saturday afternoon. The Placer County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association on Facebook encouraged people to boycott the Mexican restaurant she owns, Los Mineros.

By Saturday morning, Senum removed her post and apologized to the Nevada City Police Department. She apologized for “using such a broad brush that our local officers felt they were included in my statement.”

“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,” Senum said. “I have been pointing this out for years that ultimately any kind of violence begets violence.”

Thomas Oide: 916-321-1009, @thomasoide

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