CREWE, Va. (WRIC) — Two Crewe law enforcement officials are dealing with termination after posting what the police chief is looking inappropriate movies on the social media platform TikTok.
Monday night, the Crewe Town Council had a listening to permitting these officers to inform their aspect of the story.
A little bit over a dozen folks had been out on the Crewe Police Department in assist of these officers Monday, saying these inappropriate movies shouldn’t be trigger sufficient to fireside them.
Caleb Lafferty and Rondell White are dealing with termination from the police division, though they instructed 8News they took the “inappropriate” movies down months in the past when the earlier police chief requested them to.
“The termination is a little excessive,” Lafferty instructed 8News in an interview Monday.
The officers stated new Police Chief Alfredo Ferrer carried out a brand new social media coverage and stated the movies violated it. At Monday’s listening to, one Crewe citizen instructed 8News the Farmville police chief is the one who alerted the Crewe police chief of the movies.
“The way things are happening right now with, I guess, racism and everything, we’re trying to show people that, you know, different cultures can come together, we can have fun, we can have, you know, a little dark humor,” White stated.
A Blackstone native, who wished to stay nameless stated the officers’ TikTok movies contained racial content material. “If you have, like, friends that are people of color, why would you want to bring them in a skit that involves the KKK or make jokes that involve like racial content or slurs? That’s just weird to me.”
Crewe resident Alex Trim was on the protest Monday and gave his opinion on the state of affairs.
“I hate to see us lose two police officers who care so much about this community over something as foolish as making comedy videos,” he stated.
At a listening to Monday, city supervisor Brian Thrower rapidly shut down questions from media and the general public after 8News and residents requested why there wasn’t a lot public discover for the listening to.
When requested why 8News was notified solely a few half an hour earlier than the general public listening to started, Thrower stated, “we follow state procedures on notifications.”
After Blackstone resident Chris Page requested Thrower why the general public wasn’t given the required 3-day discover, Thrower rapidly stated, “that’s all the questions we’re going to take right now,” and exited the constructing.
Page instructed 8News he’s a Freedom of Information Act advocate and plans to file an intent to sue Tuesday over not having correct discover for the assembly.
The city council took no motion Monday and are permitting the officers to search out an lawyer earlier than the following listening to. The officers will stay on paid administrative depart till then.
If these officers are terminated, that can depart the city of Crewe with two law enforcement officials.