Alabama town disbands police department over racist text

VINCENT, Ala. (AP) -- A racist text message sent by a police officer has prompted officers in a small Alabama town to disband their police department and fire the police chief and deputy police chief.
Vincent Mayor James Latimore confirmed Thursday that Police Commissioner James Srygley and Deputy Police Commissioner John L. Goss have been fired, al.com reported.
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The Shelby County Sheriff's Office on Friday condemned the two officers' actions and said it is working with the city "to provide emergency law enforcement-related services to the citizens (of Vincent) at this time."
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“It tore this community apart. It doesn't matter the color of our skin as long as we please people," Councilman Corey Abrams said during Thursday's council meeting.
On Tuesday, Latimore said "appropriate action was taken" against the officer alleged to have sent the text, although he declined to identify the person or those involved at the time.
The city's website lists three people in their department: Srygley, Goss, and Officer Lee Carden.
During the council meeting, Latimore announced that he had suspended the chief and deputy chief, and the council voted to terminate the agency. Latimer said Carden submitted his resignation via text message just hours after the City Council voted to disband the department.
Vincent is located in central Alabama, southeast of Birmingham, and has a population of just under 2,000. It is located in Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega counties.

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