LA Town Still on Edge Over Chief’s Facebook Rant, Firing

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After a black gunman killed three police officers in Baton Rouge, La., a profane message appeared on Facebook. “Hey Mr. Bulls— president,” it began. “When are you going to grow a f—ing pair. And tell it like it is. These are terrorist. That have declared f—ing war on my brother. (White police officers) enough is enough.” The author was Skylar Dore, Jonesville, La.’s white chief of police. The post instantly cleaved the community in two, the Washington Post reports. Many black residents, who make up 70 percent of Jonesville, saw it as a racist rant. Some whites defended Dore, saying he had the right to speak his mind. Two days later, the majority-black town council fired the young chief.

If his post stirred anger, his firing provoked outrage. Dore received encouragement, even employment offers, from across the nation. He also received death threats. When a friend organized a march on Dore’s behalf, the sheriff persuaded him to call it off for fear it could turn into a shootout. Today, Jonesville remains on edge. Some whites think the town’s black officials are putting political correctness ahead of public safety. Some blacks see ugly hints of the racial violence that has long haunted the Deep South in Dore’s profane post and the online debates that followed. Dore plans to sue the city, charging wrongful termination.

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