- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

San Diego City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole has publicly apologized amid calls for her resignation after she criticized black-on-black crime during a council meeting last week.

Ms. Cole, who is black, said during the July 26 meeting that black people are being profiled by police because they “are the ones that are shooting,” the San Diego Union Tribune reported.

“There is more black-on-black shootings in our nation than ever before — 340 shootings and murders in Chicago the first six months, 120 shootings and murders in Memphis the first six months, 28 homicides here in San Diego,” she said. “Black-on-black crime is an issue, and that was never addressed. That’s why when someone says, ‘Do you think there is racial profiling?’ Yeah, because blacks are shooting blacks. They’re not going to stop a white male. They’re not going to stop an Hispanic male or an Asian. They’re going to stop an African-American. That’s what they’re going to stop because those are the ones that are shooting.”

Shane Harris, president of the local chapter of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, called Ms. Cole’s comments offensive, and called for her resignation, Breitbart News reported. Black Lives Matter activists planned a protest outside Ms. Cole’s district office on Friday, but a “vigil for peace” was held instead after two San Diego police officers were shot Thursday night.

In an interview with a local NBC News affiliate, Ms. Cole said she has no plans to resign.

“Did I make a mistake? Absolutely, I did,” she said. “Do I apologize for it? Absolutely, I do. But I am not going anywhere.”

Ms. Cole also posted an apology Thursday on Twitter.

“First and foremost, let me apologize to my community for miscommunicating my concerns surrounding violence affecting black Americans. I understand your reaction because I did not express my concerns clearly, and instead related two distinct issues to one another,” her statement read, in part. “I want to be clear in telling you, my community, that I condemn racial profiling in all forms and all instances. I do not condone racial discrimination by the police or any institution.

“In the coming weeks I will be making a push for substantial changes with regard to police practices. I’ve heard your call for action, and I plan to take it,’ Ms. Cole said. “Please work with me to create solutions and improve relations between the police force and the community they serve.”

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