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Mayor: Former police chief refused to hire Black officers

Black Alabama mayor accused of assault by the city’s white former police chief says the two got...
Black Alabama mayor accused of assault by the city’s white former police chief says the two got into a dispute because the chief wouldn’t hire black officers.
Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 5:01 PM CDT
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TARRANT, Ala. (AP) - A Black Alabama mayor accused of assault by the city’s white former police chief says the two got into a dispute because the chief wouldn’t hire black officers.

Tarrant Mayor Wayman Newton told a news conference Thursday that former chief Dennis Reno had a discriminatory practice of refusing to hire African Americans as police officers and wouldn’t change it.

Reno says Newton never gave him a chance.

He swore out a warrant charging the mayor with assault, and Newton surrendered on Wednesday.

He says he didn’t assault Reno and will be cleared.

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