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Mooresville Police Chief Damon Williams was placed on administrative leave with pay on June 3.

NAACP: MPD chief's suspension was 'retaliatory, racially motivated'

Posted at 1:20 PM on Jun 8, 2019

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

The South Iredell Branch of the NAACP has concluded that the recent suspension of Mooresville Police Chief Damon Williams "was driven by improper reasons to cover corruption and racism."

NAACP officials announced their findings in a news release on Friday. That conclusion was reached after meeting with Williams and former employees of the Mooresville Police Department.

The civil rights organization will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 10, at Watkins Chapel AME Zion Church in Mooresville to discuss the administrative action taken against the police chief.

"This Town Hall will address other issues that have come to light in the town of Mooresville, beyond the retaliatory, racially motivated removal of Police Chief Damon Williams to administrative leave," the NAACP said in the news release. "Since his removal, more former employees have come to us with corroborating testimony. We will share how a culture of operating outside the rule of law has allowed this to happen."

North Carolina NAACP President Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman and District Director Amos McClorey are expected to attend the town hall meeting.

U.S. ISS, a Huntersville agency, was hired by the town to conduct an investigation of the MPD in February. The investigation is scheduled to be completed in late July or early August.

Williams was placed on administrative leave by Interim Town Manager Ryan Reese on June 3.

The town did not explain the reason for the suspension, calling ot a personnel matter. Williams is not suspected of any criminal activity, according to the news release.

MPD Captain David Call, supervisor of the Criminal Investigations Division, was placed on administrative leave with pay on the same day as Williams. The town also stressed that his suspension was a personnel matter and that there were no allegations of criminal activity involving Call.

Deputy Chief Gerald Childress is overseeing the MPD while Williams is on leave.

 

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