Lansing police officer fired over racist text message

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)– A Lansing police officer has been fired, after sending a racially insensitive text message to several other officers.

Now what those texts are have not been revealed and neither has the name of the officer who was fired.

According to the Lansing Police Department, an officer reported the message leading to an investigation. Following that internal review, the officer who sent the message was fired.

The officer who was terminated is now challenging the decision.

Dale Copedge, president of the Lansing NAACP chapter says the department did the right thing.
“Public utilities being emailed and other equipment should not be used for racial purposes and it should not be tolerated at all,” he said.

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor sent 6 News this statement:

“My administration takes allegations and reports of racism seriously. This incident went through the appropriate process for investigation, and I support Chief Green’s decision.”

LPD says the administration does not tolerate discriminatory behavior. 

Requests from media to learn more information about this case have so far been denied by the city.

Copedge says details about the text messages need to be released, because the community deserves to know.

“We would like to know what the statements where so that our community can address this and have some kind of dialogue on it,” he said.

<<<This story is developing and will be updated.

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