updated 5:11 PM UTC, Jan 17, 2017

Missouri Police Officers Quit After Black Mayor Elected

Missouri Police Officers Quit After Black Mayor Elected

( 4UMF NEWS ) Missouri Police Officers Quit After Black Mayor Elected:

Five of the six cops in a tiny Missouri city quit after voters elected their first black female mayor. Two full-time and three part-time officers in Parma resigned shortly before Tyus Byrd was sworn in on Tuesday, KFVS reported.

Outgoing Mayor Randall Ramsey told the station the cops gave no notice and were joined by the city attorney, clerk and water treatment supervisor.

They cited “safety concerns” in their resignation letters, according to Ramsey.

Byrd, who had previously worked as the city’s clerk, has declined to comment about the rash of walk outs but said she wasn’t able to find the letters.

Parma, which sits in southeast Missouri, has a dwindling population of 713, according to the 2010 Census

Byrd defeated Ramsey by 38 votes, 122-84. Ramsey had served as mayor for 37 years.

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