Lake City Police Chief Reinstated
It began in late May when he forwarded an email that linked to a website that Burch says he thought would find people's old highschool pictures. The website turned out to be a joke, and it linked to a picture of three monkeys. Several officers found the email to be offensive, and that's when the trouble began.
Two officers, Sergeant Scott Raggins and Lieutenant Rudolph Davis, filed complaints against Burch accusing him of racial discrimination because of the email, questionable office reassignments, and the possibility that white officers were given perks that black officers weren't.
"As of today I have issued my findings from the internal report that there is none," said Lake City City Manager Scott Reynolds. "The claims are not substantiated as far as racial discrimination."
Burch served his 5 day suspension without pay as a result of the email. Then, he was placed on paid leave. But, he has now been cleared of any racial discrimination after Lake City officials conducted an investigation into the matter.
According to Reynolds, Chief Burch was scheduled to be reinstated as of this afternoon. Burch could not be reached for comment, and he has to agree to be reinstated before returning to work.
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