- Posted January 21, 2014 by
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Police Officer’s Racist Comments Sparks Street Protest
“We denounce this socio-pathic behavior as a hate speech,” said Rev. Kyev Tatum, a member of the advisory board and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. “We are demanding an apology and his termination.” Tatum said frustration over the comments has boiled over into the streets and will be the center of a Hate Speech Protest led by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the weekend of the annual commemoration remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. in Fort Worth.
So far, the veteran police officer has not apologized and has failed to apologize for his offensive words. Fornash has not been reprimanded, suspended or terminated for belittling residents he is sworn to protect and serve with racist words and remains of the police force “protecting” the very ethnic groups he slandered.
Tatum also said Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead is aware the controversy, but is not addressing the issue to the satisfaction of Black and Hispanic community leaders. “He has failed to truly listen to this complaint made by citizens of this community and take appropriate action,” he said. “It is unacceptable because Fornash continues to show no remorse (for his words) and has no regard for authority and no respect for the people who pay his salary.”
Tatum said African-American and Hispanics people do pay his salary, benefits and retirement and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. “He must not be able to continue his employment with the Fort Worth Police Department,” he said. “We cannot and will not tolerate this behavior from commissioned public servants who possess this kind of attitude, have this kind of power over the community, carry a gun and are worn to protect and serve us.” Tatum said the objection to Fornash will not end until he is fired and relieved of duty.