A Lake Arthur police officer has been fired after a picture on Facebook surfaced that showed him giving the Nazi salute while at a rally for the Ku Klux Klan.
The picture, which was taken last summer, shows now former officer Raymond Mott attending the rally with members of the KKK in South Carolina. On Wednesday, Mott was fired.
However, Mott has declared that his termination was illegal and that he intends to fight it.
“The process that it went through in order to terminate me was not within guidelines of Louisiana law,” said Mott. “Some information was put out that puts my family’s safety at risk. And I will be taking legal action. I’ve contacted an attorney already.”
Still, although Mott claims that the picture was taken out of context, he has not debated its validity.
“The picture speaks for itself,” said Mott. “I’m standing at a rally against illegal immigration. There’s not much to be said about the picture. I’ve never denied it was me.”
Despite Mott’s protest, most who were at the Lake Arthur council meeting agree that his termination is in the best interests of the community.
“Just not for the concerns of the citizens, for his safety concerns,” said spokesman for Better Lake Arthur Ace Beverly. “Out here on the streets you never know what’s going to happen. Nowadays, all over the United States cops are getting killed and cops are killing others. Me, myself, personally, I don’t want that to happen right here in my own hometown.”