Detroit officer demoted for 'racists' accusation

2016-07-11 19:11
Protesters head south after gathering at City Hall in Paterson, during a Black Lives Matter protest. (Jim Anness, The Record of Bergen County via AP)

Protesters head south after gathering at City Hall in Paterson, during a Black Lives Matter protest. (Jim Anness, The Record of Bergen County via AP)

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Dallas - A white Detroit police detective has been demoted after calling the Black Lives Matter movement "racists" and "terrorists".

Nate Weekley posted the remarks on Facebook in response to the fatal shooting of five officers in Dallas. Detroit police Chief James Craig told reporters on Monday that Weekley had been demoted to officer during an internal investigation.

Craig says Weekley's comments could undermine efforts to maintain good relations with the public. Detroit is 80% black.

Weekley is the brother of Joseph Weekley, a Detroit officer who accidentally killed a black girl during a 2010 raid. A judge dismissed an involuntary manslaughter charge at trial.

Police union president Mark Diaz says Nate Weekley's comments were the result of frustration felt by many officers.


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