VINCENT, Ala. (AP) — A racist textual content message despatched by a police officer has prompted officers in a small Alabama city to disband their police division and hearth the police chief and assistant chief.
Vincent Mayor James Latimore on Thursday confirmed that Police Chief James Srygley and Assistant Chief John L. Goss had been dismissed, al.com reported.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Workplace on Friday condemned the 2 officers’ actions and mentioned it stands with the town “in offering emergency legislation enforcement associated service to the residents (of Vincent) right now.”
Within the message, which just lately surfaced on social media, somebody recognized as “752″ texts: “What do y’all name a pregnant slave?” An unidentified recipient responds twice: “?” and “??”
“752″ solutions: “BOGO Purchase one, get one free”
“This has torn this group aside. It doesn’t matter what colour we’re so long as we do proper by folks,” Metropolis Councilman Corey Abrams mentioned throughout Thursday’s council assembly.
On Tuesday, Latimore mentioned “applicable motion has been taken” towards the officer alleged to have despatched the textual content, although on the time he wouldn’t title the particular person or anybody concerned.
The town’s web site lists three folks in its division: Srygley, Goss and Officer Lee Carden.
Through the council assembly, Latimore introduced he had suspended the chief and assistant chief, and the council voted to finish the company. Latimer mentioned Carden turned in his resignation by way of textual content message simply hours after the town council voted to dissolve the division.
Positioned in central Alabama, southeast of Birmingham, Vincent has a inhabitants of just below 2,000 folks. It is positioned in Shelby, St. Clair, and Talladega counties.