On Friday, July 10 a video was posted on social media by a
19 year-old from Lawrence County. The
video depicts his truck which has a confederate flag painted on the tailgate with
a noose draped over it. I have
personally reached out to this individual who states he was just out to prove
that “things are sometimes not as they appear to be”. While I respect a person’s freedom of speech, I
absolutely do not condone this behavior.
We have a responsibility to work together to dismantle violence and
division among those encouraging racism in a time when we need compassion and
leadership the most. I am proud of the
Citizens and law enforcement in this City and the close community they have built
here and I want to assure everyone that the actions of this young man do not
represent the beliefs and morals of this Administration. Local law enforcement is aware of the situation
and have forwarded the information to the FBI.