Parma, Missouri – Fallout after a local election has taken a national turn following the election of the town’s mayor, which spurred most of the town’s small police force to resign.
After the recent election of female black mayor Tyus Byrd, eighty percent of the town’s police department and two administrators resigned. Racism? Sexism? Chauvinism?
Before you pull out your race card and run down the middle of the highway, consider this: former police chief Trish Cohen and co-chief Rich Medley revealed to reporters that the officers feared for their own safety.
Was Ms. Byrd’s election fueled by the anti-police Social Justice movement? It would seem so; after all, why else would the officers fear for the security of their personal information? Information that had been posted online by members of the Byrd family.
“You can’t have an anti-police mayor, and that’s the way she made me feel. My decision was not, did not, come lightly. At all. It has nothing to do with race. If it had anything to do with race, I’d done never went to work in the town.”
“We were in the dark on it, and then in hearing from her supporters that she was going to fire all of us, might as well start looking for something else.’”
Byrd told NBC News that she did not know why the employees resigned – I wonder if she only found out when she read about it in the news? She did not respond to a request for comment, Wednesday and did not return requests on Thursday.
Were the officers right to fear for their safety? Why was their personal info shared on the internet? And the most important question of all, WHY does the media want to make this situation a race issue. The small town’s population is 62% white and 37% black.