Top officials and most of a US Midwestern town’s police force quit after an African American female was elected as mayor.
Almost an entire small-minded police force and several top officials of a tiny Missouri city have quit, citing ‘safety concerns’, after their first African American mayor was elected.
The election victory of Tyrus Byrd, 40 years old, in Parma was short-lived as soon after her win, five of the city’s six police officers resigned, as well as the city attorney, clerk and water treatment supervisor, the Daily Mail reports.
Ms Byrd, born and raised in the city and sworn into office last week, said she was not sure why the employees quit.
She said instead of focusing on the spate of departures, the city’s election of its first African American mayor should be celebrated.
According to the US Census Bureau, of the 713 people living in the small city, 57 per cent are white and 41 per cent are black.
Supporters took to social media to publicly back Ms Byrd and voiced their outrage on Twitter.
— Ressurrection (@ressurrection) April 21, 2015
If the reports are true about police officers quitting due to #TyrusByrd‘s election, I will feel so disappointed in America.
— Renegade (@LexyTownsend) April 21, 2015