Does Kim Tolbert Support Dallas Police?

Deputy City Manager Kim Tolbert
Deputy City Manager Kim Tolbert | Image by City of Dallas

Resurfaced social media activity has again raised questions about Deputy City Manager Kim Tolbert’s priorities and her relationship with police.

Tolbert appears to frequently like racial militant content on social media during periods of heightened tension with police and regularly engages with content produced by an author who has accused police of engaging in “genocide against colored people.”

One example comes in the form of Tolbert liking a video of a little girl and others chanting “No Justice, No Peace” as riots swept the nation following the killing of George Floyd during an encounter with police officer Derek Chauvin in the spring of 2020.

As previously reported by The Dallas Express, Tolbert has posed with Floyd’s brother and celebrated his work for “racial justice.”

She has also liked content that accuses police officers of harassing black people without reason. This content often originates from author Ben Crump.

Crump is the author of Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People, a 2019 book that uses the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor as evidence that law enforcement is committing genocide against black Americans.

Tolbert has liked numerous Crump posts, including those accusing police of killing other black men without justification and his pledges to continue his fight for “justice.”

She has also liked posts by Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia regarding the killing of Tyre Nicols in Tennessee by several black police officers and memorial posts commemorating the life of Trayvon Martin, who was killed during an altercation with George Zimmerman in 2012.

Tolbert once liked a tweet about Dallas police choosing not to charge Black Lives Matter protesters who disrupted traffic while demonstrating on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

She also frequently likes content involving the removal of various historic statues.

Tolbert liked a tweet by Nancy Pelosi about removing Justice Roger Taney’s statue from the Capitol and a Fox 4 KDFW story about the removal of a Texas Ranger statue from Dallas Love Field Airport. She also attended a Dallas City Council meeting where she supported the removal of Dallas’ storied statue of Robert E. Lee.

A previous DX investigation revealed Tolbert’s strong interest in “diversity, equity, and inclusion” programs.

Still, not all of Tolbert’s social media likes involving police were negative. She has liked a handful of tweets, often from the Dallas Police Department or Mayor Eric Johnson, that serve as memorials for slain officers.

The Dallas City Council recently chose Tolbert to serve as interim city manager when T.C. Broadnax resigns in June.

Broadnax’s tenure as city manager was mired by extensive complaints about his governance. Polling consistently and broadly indicated dissatisfaction with the City’s effectiveness in addressing critical issues like homelessness, crime, and basic services.

Johnson called for a slow and expeditious process to decide who will replace Broadnax permanently.

“There is simply no need or reason to rush this process, and any decisions about how to move forward should be made in a manner that inspires public confidence,” a memo from Johnson said.

“As you know, the city manager’s resignation is not effective until June 3, and we can very easily add these items to an upcoming regularly scheduled agenda meeting to allow for meaningful discussion and full participation from all 15 duly elected members of the City Council on these vital matters,” he wrote.

DX reached out to Tolbert about her social media activity but did not hear back by press time.

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