Officials in the predominately black town of Jonesville, Louisiana, asked white police chief Skylar Dore to resign after online comments regarding recent violence toward the police.
Jonesville residents are calling Dore's comments racially insensitive and inappropriate. According to local paper The Natchez Democrat, Dore posted a status on his personal Facebook account to vent frustration of the Dallas and Baton Rouge shootings that intentionally targeted police officers. A total of eight police officers were killed this past month -- three in Baton Rouge and five in Dallas -- and seven more injured.
In the Facebook post, Dore directly addresses President Barack Obama:
Hey Mr. [expletive] president, when are you going to grow a [expletive] pair. And tell it like it is. These are terrorist. They have declared [expletive] war on my brother. enough is enough. How many police officers have to die trying to protect the citizens of this country. Any other president would have declared full war on this group. Since when in our [expletive] history do we stand idle to the ambush murders of law enforcement. It has to STOP NOW!!!!!
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Shortly after Dore posted the status, Jonesville resident Sharon Stevenson voiced her concerns about it at a town council meeting. Stevenson mentioned that Dore has an alleged history of being referred to as a racist. But, her main concern was the unprofessional quality of the post itself, according to the Natchez Democrat.
"My main concern is with everything going on right now, the whole country is hostile, if you are chief of police, why would you say something like that?" she asked city council members. "If he had been just a white American wanting to rant and rave... everybody has their own opinion... but my thought is that when you're in certain positions, you have to present yourself in a certain way."
The Associated Press reports that the council unanimously voted for Dore to submit his resignation or be forced out.
Although Dore has yet to make an official statement, according to the Natchez Democrat, he apologized to Jonesville Councilwoman Loria Hollins, allegedly saying that his comments came from a place of frustration after the Baton Rouge shooting. He told residents at the city council meeting that he knew the officers affected personally.
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"He said he just got frustrated, and that's understandable," said Hollins. "[Police officers] put their life on the line every day so I can see the frustration... but what would you do with your frustration if something like that happened in Jonesville?"
Assistant Police Chief Marcelus Cummings will head the Jonesville Police Department until a new chief is found, according to the Natchez Democrat.