University fires police chief over online posts

Published 2:00 pm Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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The Troy University police chief has been fired from his position as a result of comments posted on social media.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, chancellor at the university, said the decision was made “after a thorough investigation.”

John McCall was suspended June 3 after images were circulated of posts he had made on social media regarding the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police officers.

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“(McCall’s) comments on social media about the tragic death of George Floyd do not reflect the values of Troy University, and we are no longer confident in his ability to serve our students, faculty and staff,” Hawkins said in a prepared statement.

In the social media posts posts, McCall offered opinions about the death of Floyd, saying at one point: “Did George Floyd play a role in his own death? ABSOLUTELY! He fought with police who were trying to make a lawful arrest.”

“Over the last few days, we have heard from many of you who have expressed hurt, anger and deep concern,” Hawkins said. “Your voices have been heard and shared with the investigating committee.”

Hawkins said the university is commit TROY is committed to being part of the national conversation about racism. “Our Dean of Students will be leading listening sessions with campus police, students, faculty, staff, alumni and other stakeholders,” Hawkins’ statement said. “Our goal is to hear how University Police can best serve our campuses and ensure that their practices align with our values.”

Hawkins said the university seeks a culture caring in which all are valued, respected and supported. “This culture of caring requires listening to one another, and making changes when needed,” he said.