STATEMENT FROM MAYOR LEE POSEY

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The City abhors and will not tolerate any type of racism by City employees under any circumstances. If any City employee is found to have engaged in any racist actions or words, the employee will be disciplined harshly, including, but not limited to, discharge from employment.

Currently, two police officers have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into Facebook posts recently made. Because police officers are statutorily protected by state civil service law, the City is restrained from taking any adverse action against them until due process requirements have been met. If the police officers involved are found to have engaged in improper, racist-related conduct, the employees will be disciplined.