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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 03:24 AM

City in turmoil: Mayor accused of racism, disbands police

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Source: Associated Press


Updated 5:26 pm CST, Friday, January 11, 2019

TONASKET, Wash. (AP) ó A tiny city in Washington state is in turmoil after a police officer came forward with allegations that the mayor wanted him to start using the name "Joseph" because "Jose" sounded too Hispanic.

The mayor also has disbanded the small police department in Tonasket, and City Council members are demanding he resign. The issue blew up at a City Council meeting Tuesday in the city of about 1,100 people.

Former Officer Jose Perez told the council that Mayor Dennis Brown asked him to stop using the name Jose when he interacted with residents, The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane reported .

"He asked me to introduce myself to the public as Joseph," Perez told the council, according to video of the council meeting. Perez said he was told Jose "sounds too Hispanic."

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Cop-says-he-was-asked-to-change-name-from-Jose-13526549.php

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Reply City in turmoil: Mayor accused of racism, disbands police (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jan 12 OP
no_hypocrisy Jan 12 #1
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MineralMan Jan 12 #3
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 08:32 AM

1. My cousin had similar distate for "foreign" names.

He ranted on and on about a NJ newspaper columnist named Pasquale, an Italian name. With the dual mission of helping him be foolish and being a convenient foil, I asked him, what name he thought that Pasquale should use instead. He blurted out, "I don't know . . . an American name, something like Patrick!" I just let that lay there. Like picking up mercury with your fingers.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:29 AM

2. This is rural racism

Itís common and sad and Iím absolutely disgusted

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 10:26 AM

3. Yet another small town with the village idiot as Mayor.

Somehow, that seems to happen a lot.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 10:42 AM

4. Locking...

Forum Hosts feel this is important news, but not important news of national interest as the SOP requires. Please post this in the Washington Group and/or GD

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