Alabama city disbands police department around racist textual content

VINCENT, Ala. (AP) — A racist textual content message sent by a police officer has prompted officers in a tiny Alabama town to disband their law enforcement department and hearth the police chief and assistant main.

Vincent Mayor James Latimore on Thursday confirmed that Law enforcement Chief James Srygley and Assistant Chief John L. Goss experienced been dismissed, claimed.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on Friday condemned the two officers’ actions and claimed it stands with the city “in providing unexpected emergency law enforcement linked service to the citizens (of Vincent) at this time.”

In the message, which recently surfaced on social media, an individual determined as “752″ texts: “What do y’all simply call a expecting slave?” An unidentified receiver responds two times: “?” and “??”

“752″ answers: “BOGO Get one, get just one free”

“This has torn this local community aside. It doesn’t issue what shade we are as very long as we do ideal by people,” Town Councilman Corey Abrams said throughout Thursday’s council assembly.

On Tuesday, Latimore mentioned “appropriate motion has been taken” against the officer alleged to have sent the text, while at the time he would not identify the individual or anybody concerned.

The city’s web site lists 3 people in its section: Srygley, Goss and Officer Lee Carden.

In the course of the council conference, Latimore announced he had suspended the main and assistant main, and the council voted to close the agency. Latimer reported Carden turned in his resignation through textual content concept just hrs immediately after the city council voted to dissolve the division.

Found in central Alabama, southeast of Birmingham, Vincent has a population of just beneath 2,000 persons. It’s situated in Shelby, St. Clair, and Talladega counties.

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