Durham, N.C., Police Chief C. J. Davis, who is black, says she still is followed while shopping. NBC’s Megyn Kelly asked Davis, “Have you ever wanted to turn around to the person following you and say, ‘You don’t have to worry about anything getting stolen in this store today because I am the chief of police and I will keep you safe?’ ”Davis replied: “Megyn, you don’t know how many times I have wanted to say that,” reports the Durham, N.C., Herald-Sun. That was just one of the challenges Davis discussed on “Megyn Kelly Today,” which highlighted the state’s record total of six black women police chiefs. Durham’s first black woman chief was joined by Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, Morrisville Police Chief Patrice Andrews and Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins. Other chiefs are in Winston-Salem and Littleton.
They spoke about why they decided to become police chiefs, talking with their children about how to respond to police, and how they face racial profiling. After the discussion, Kelly told the chiefs that a $20,000 donation would be made in their honor to the North Carolina Law Enforcement Women’s Association. “If your idea of a police chief is a gruff cigar-chomping tough guy, then you need to meet C. J. Davis,” Kelly said. “She’s shaking up how community sees someone wearing a badge.” While 98 percent of U.S. police chiefs are men, Davis is part of a growing sorority of female police chiefs, Kelly said. The National Center for Women in Policing found the average male officer is eight-and-half time more likely than a female officer to face a complaint of using excessive force.