According to a report, a small town in Alabama disbanded its police department over a racist text message allegedly sent by an officer on the force.
Vincent City Council voted to close the department and fire Police Commissioner James Srygley and Deputy Police Commissioner John L. Gross during a heated session Thursday, AL.com reported.
“We passed a resolution intending to issue an ordinance dissolving the police department,” Mayor James Latimore said.
The move comes after city officials confirmed a racist text by an official who surfaced on social media last week, the outlet reported.
The unidentified officer reportedly texted: “What do you all call a pregnant slave girl? … BOGO Buy one, get one free,” the report said.
The city – which has a population of fewer than 2,000 people – is not left unprosecuted as the county sheriff’s office has said it will help.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said it condemns the officers and “stands with the City of Vincent in providing emergency law enforcement services to citizens.” [of Vincent] at this time,” the outlet reported, citing a press release from the bureau.
During Thursday’s meeting, Councilman Corey Abrams said, “It tore this community apart. It doesn’t matter what color we are, as long as we please people.”
https://nypost.com/2022/08/07/alabama-town-abolishes-police-department-over-cops-slavery-text/ City of Alabama Abolishes Police Department Over Cop’s Slavery Text