CREWE, Va. (WRIC) – Two police officers in Crewe, Va. Face dismissal after posting what the police chief calls inappropriate videos on the social media platform TikTok.
On Monday evening, Crewe City Council held a hearing allowing officers to tell their side of the story.
City council took no action on Monday and is allowing officers to find a lawyer before the next hearing. Officers will remain on paid administrative leave until then.
If these agents are made redundant, this will leave Crewe town with two policemen.
Just over a dozen people have come to Crewe Police Department to support these officers, saying these inappropriate videos should not be enough to fire them.
Constables Caleb Lafferty and Rondell White face being fired from the police department, even though they allegedly deleted the “inappropriate” videos months ago when the former police chief asked them to.
“The layoff is a bit excessive,” Lafferty said Monday.
Officers said new police chief Alfredo Ferrer implemented a new social media policy and said the videos violated her.
“The way things are going right now with, I guess, racism and everything, we’re trying to show people that, you know, different cultures can come together, we can have fun, we can have, you know, a little dark humor, ”White said.
Crewe resident Alex Trim was present at the protest on Monday and gave his opinion on the situation. “I hate to see us lose two police officers who care so much about this community for something as crazy as making comedy videos,” he said.
In a hearing on Monday, Chief Executive Officer Brian Thrower quickly put an end to questions from the media and the public after media and residents questioned why there had not been much public notice for the hearing.
When 8News in Richmond asked why the station had only been notified about half an hour before the start of the public hearing, Thrower said: “We are following state procedures regarding notifications.”
After Chris Page, a resident of Blackstone, asked Thrower why the public hadn’t been given the required 3-day notice, Thrower quickly said, “These are all questions we’re going to answer now,” and left. building.
Page said he was a Freedom of Information Act advocate and planned to file an intention to prosecute on Tuesday for not being properly informed of the meeting.