Raymond Mott was fired from his job as a police officer in Louisiana after a photo showing him at a Ku Klux Klan rally surfaced. In the photo, Mott is seen next to a man unmistakably wearing the white hood of the KKK, both men raising their right hands in Nazi salute. Mott announced he will sue the town that fired him (video below).
Mott, who was a detective in Lake Arthur, Louisiana, was distinguished by having made the most arrests in his department. He previously served in Louisiana in Jennings, Iberia Parish, Youngsville and Eunice, Daily Mail reports.
Mott’s time as a detective was up when Jennings Daily News released an incriminating photo of him Aug. 29, showing him proudly giving a Nazi salute at a rally led by KKK chapter Loyal White Knights. The photo was taken at an anti-immigration rally held in North Carolina in August 2014.
Lake Arthur Police Chief Ray Marcantel immediately demanded Mott’s resignation. Mott refused, never denying his presence at the rally but insisting he had attended as an undercover FBI agent.
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After Mott refused to step down, the Lake Arthur Town Council voted to terminate Mott’s employment by unanimous decision. In an interview (video below) with KATC, Mott says he is planning to sue for defamation of character.
“The process that it went through in order to terminate me was not within guidelines of Louisiana law,” says Mott. “Some information was put out that puts my family’s safety at risk. And I will be taking legal action. I’ve contacted an attorney already.”
Mott quickly dropped his FBI explanation, admitting it was a lie. He instead admitted his attendance at the rally with no apologies.
“The picture speaks for itself,” he says. “I’m standing at a rally against illegal immigration. There’s not much to be said about the picture. I’ve never denied it was me.”
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Marcantel says Mott had been subjected to a background check when he joined Lake Arthur Police Department but that his KKK affiliation had not come up. District Attorney Michael Cassidy claims Mott had quickly amassed a number of complaints from Lake Arthur citizens, NY Daily News reports.
Cassidy is currently reviewing all of Mott’s cases. Charges that relied solely on Mott’s testimony are likely to be thrown out.