MINDEN, La. (KTAL/KMSS)
Minden City Council decides the fate of a police officer accused of posting racist messages on Facebook years ago.
City Council voted unamiously Monday night to fire officer Shawn Griffith.
The council immediately went into an hour long executive session with Griffith and his attorney. It was a packed house as citizens waited to find his fate and cheers erupted through the crowd when they announced his termination.
This comes after screenshots of Facebook messages were given to City Councilman Herbert Taylor III, showing Griffith allegedly making racists comments about black people to his brother Shane, who is also a Minden police officer, who allegedly used the “n-word” in his comments. Their attorney said they did not post these comments and it was not properly investigated by the Minden Police Department.
“They didn’t do this. And this is the part they don’t want me to say but I’m going to say it anyway because I’m a lawyer. If it had been true and it wasn’t but if they had made stupid comments back six years ago before they were ever hired by the Minden Police Department you can’t be punished under civil service law or even under the Minden personnel file for things you did before you were hired,” said attorney Pamela Breedlove.
Breedlove said they will appeal to the civil service board and her clients want to take a lie detector test.
The brother, Officer Shane Griffith, was not at the meeting because he’s on leave from the department so his fate is yet to be determined. Both brothers are under gag orders.