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Sioux Rapids Police Chief Suspended Two Weeks For Controversial Facebook Comment

June 29, 2020 9:46pm

The Sioux Rapids City Council, at a special meeting on Monday, unanimously approved suspending Police Chief Tim Porter for two weeks without pay for a comment that he wrote on Facebook regarding protesters in Des Moines.

Chief Porter, along with the Council members, will also take a sensitivity course.

Around 100 residents attended the meeting, and almost everyone who made comments during the public hearing spoke in favor of Porter.

A week ago on a post showing a vehicle driving through protesters at a Black Lives Matter protest in Des Moines, Porter commented on that post writing “Hit the gas and hang on over the road bumps.”

Following the public hearing, the Council, at the request of Chief Porter, went into a closed session, which lasted approximately a half-hour.

Chief Porter addressed the crowd after the disciplinary action was announced, and he called the two-week suspension without pay “fair and very appropriate.” Porter thanked everyone who attended, and conversed with many of them after the meeting concluded.

At one point during the public hearing, one of the attendees asked for a show of hands of who supported Chief Porter, and most of the crowd raised a hand, and after that a “Porter” chant broke out for a few seconds.

Several people wore T-shirts that said “We support Tim Porter” and displayed “Porter Supporter” signs.