Hempstead Police Chief Suspended

By: Joe Brown
By: Joe Brown

Allegations of racism against the police department leads to drastic measures against the police chief. The Hempstead city council last night imposed a two week suspension on Police Chief Glen Smith. He was also ordered to attend anger management classes.

The punitive measures are a result of complaints of racism made against four white police officers. Several residents spoke at the Monday night council meeting. Some feel the police got off too easy. "Personally, I think it was a slap on the wrist," said Waller County Leadership Council member Herschel Smith. "I think the chief has been let off the hook and I think it is time that we need to hold leaders accountable."

Chief Smith was also placed on employment probation for six months. No word on who will serve as interim chief during his absence.

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