Though many critics believe it is clear proof that he is a racist, Lake Arthur, La., Police Det. Raymond Mott continues to insist a controversial photograph of him alongside a robed Ku Klux Klan member has been viewed out of context. (See video below.)
— maryteatowel (@maryteatowel) September 4, 2015
Initially, Mott told Vice that his involvement in what he dubbed an “anti-immigration” demonstration was an effort to curtail the KKK’s influence in the region. He asserted that he had been working with the FBI to expose the group’s racism, describing one participant as especially violent.
“One guy from Georgia stood up and bragged about driving through a black area in his pickup truck and, when he would pass a black person, yell racial slurs and then smack them with a baseball bat.”
Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, who faced his own recent controversy when it was revealed that he had falsely presented himself as a black man, was among those reacting to the story on Twitter.
Just learned that Police Detective Raymond Mott, when first confronted about being at a Klan rally lied & said he was undercover for the FBI
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 3, 2015
In light of Chief Ray Marcantel’s call for his ouster, Mott declared: “I refuse to resign.” He cited his own stellar record in law enforcement as evidence that he has earned his position. Mott has amassed the highest number of arrests by anyone in his department. “I am not going to quit my job because I made a decision to support a cause I thought was right at the time,” he said, “—illegal immigration, not racism.” Despite his defense, city council members unanimously agreed with Marcantel’s assessment and voted to terminate the detective. Mott has since confirmed that he “will be taking legal action” in the matter. Did this officer deserve to be fired? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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