The Uplands Park, Missouri, city official who told FOX News that the shooting of two Ferguson police officers was a “set up” by police may lose his job.
John Muhammad gave a live interview on FOX News Thursday night, identifying himself as city manager of nearby Uplands Park.
During the interview with FOX News Reporter Steve Harrigan in front of the Ferguson Police Department, where a vigil for the fallen officers was taking place, Muhammad made a statement that has been strongly criticized.
“I think it was a complete set up,” Muhammad said. “I think it was a set up between members of the police fraternity; what I like to call them. I think they operate just like the KKK. I think they did it to make themselves a victim when honestly the victim[s] are black people. I think it’s just a publicity stunt no more than that.”
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Muhammad is a self-professed “professional agitator,” according to his Twitter feed.
KTVI reports that Uplands Park officials are furious over Muhammad’s comments and have since removed him from his position.
“We don’t agree with it here at Uplands Park. We have suspended John Muhammad,” said Chairman Michel Spurling. “I was angry because he’s actually hired as a village clerk.”
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According to the City of Uplands Park website, Muhammad is not a village clerk — he is listed as "City Administrator" and "Manager" and is “responsible to the City Council for the proper administration of the affairs of the city.”
“I’m not caught up on titles or anything like that. My official title is city administrator. If he says it’s clerk, then I guess it’s clerk,” Muhammad said. “I think people had a misconception of what I said. I made a statement under the first amendment of the constitution freedom of speech; that’s what I said.”
Muhammad has been suspended from his job in Uplands Park and the village board will meet Monday to decide whether to fire him.