(8/8/18) Two Natchitoches Police Officers are on leave as the city investigates whether they’re responsible for posting racists comments on Facebook.
The first Facebook post says ‘I want the — to kneel. It’s a sign of submission. Kneel before your master!! Effing Circus Monkeys. Another person responds saying ‘I think you know where I stand little sister. It sounds like me and this person need to be introduced.
KTAL NBC 6 is not identifying the two people that made the posts.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the Natchitoches Police Department wrote ‘The Natchitoches Police Department has been made aware of recent concerns pertaining to a facebook post and comments made by certain employees of the Natchitoches Police Department. This administration does not condone such statements and does not share the views expressed in this post. Rest assured this matter will be addressed promptly and professionally. Due process of civil service law shall be followed.’
Natchitoches Mayor Lee Posey also released a statement to KTAL NBC 6.
‘The City abhors and will not tolerate any type of racism by City employees under any circumstances. If any City employee is found to have engaged in any racist actions or words, the employee will be disciplined harshly, including, but not limited to, discharge from employment.
Currently, two police officers have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into Facebook posts recently made. Because police officers are statutorily protected by state civil service law, the City is restrained from taking any adverse action against them until due process requirements have been met. If the police officers involved are found to have engaged in improper, racist-related conduct, the employees will be disciplined.’