COLUMBIANA, Ala. – Just days after city officials confirmed a text message containing a racist joke sent by a Vincent police officer, the city council approved a resolution to proceed with the termination of Police Chief James Srygley and Assistant chief John L. Goss and to disband the police department, Mayor James Latimore confirmed.
“We passed a resolution with intent to pass an ordinance to disband the police department,” Latimore said.
The council’s moves were taken during an emotional city council meeting held last Thursday evening.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s department released a statement that they will start handling service calls for the city of Vincent, which has a population of roughly 2,000 residents.
In a “town” twice the land size of Inglewood and a population of 2003 residents, the former police department of Vincent Alabama included the Chief of Police, an Assistant Police Chief and one Officer – a total of three (3) people.
According to some reports the Chief said an investigation took place and “disciplinary action” was taken regarding the offensive riddle…then… according to some reports the City council voted to suspend some said terminate the Chief of Police and the Assistant Chief… leaving only the remaining officer employed before taking action to disband the department…..the lone officer…resigned.
There is no mention in the reports how long each of these men have been employed in this police department or any other. That possibility could make us come up with more questions – who elsewhere may have been “negatively impacted” (to be extremely too gentle) by the “joke” texter if he had prior police employment experience. It is hard to believe this mentally played out only texting, isn’t it?
It does not seem to have been revealed who the text was sent to, but we can assume the receiver did not find it humorous (otherwise we would not be made aware of the text). But since the lone officer was still employed and resigned on his own…is it possible that he may have been the whistle blower? or was it a non-employee who received the text and shared the disturbing words with…ah …well… the other police man, or maybe the media?
So for the next riddle :
What should we call a racist tax-paid-employee? —
How about “unemployed”
So by extension….shouldn’t we also call those past or present police officers who think of women as objects unemployed……. and unelected also?