An entire Alabama police department was disbanded after an officer sent a racist text message, leaving law enforcement to the local sheriff’s department, officials said.
The police force in Vincent, Alabama — a community about 45 minutes southeast of Birmingham with a population of about 2,000 — was disbanded last week, including the firing of the police chief and assistant chief, after an emotional city council meeting, Al reported .com .
“We passed a resolution to pass an ordinance to disband the police department,” said Mayor James Lattimore. al.com, the website for the Birmingham News.
The Vincent police website did not provide information Sunday. In the past, Al.com reported, it listed three members: the police chief, assistant chief and an officer. The board had voted to suspend the department members before deciding to fire them.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday The independent handled law enforcement calls from the area.
Messages left for the police department and Mayor Vincent were not immediately returned Sunday.
The drama started with a text message allegedly sent by a member of the department which contained a joke about a pregnant slave.
During a council meeting about the text and the section, Councilman Corey Abrams said the situation “has divided this community.
“It doesn’t matter what color we are, as long as we get it right by the people,” Mr. Abrams said, according to Al.com.