Fairview Park auxiliary officer resigns over racially-charged comments

Fairview Park auxiliary officer resigns over racially-charged comments

FAIRVIEW PARK, OH (WOIO) - Chief Erich Upperman says a volunteer auxiliary officer has resigned over what the chief calls racially-charged comments made online.

Police say on Thursday, an e-mail was received from Doug Brown, staff writer at Cleveland Scene magazine, concerning racially-charged comments made by a member of the Fairview Park volunteer auxiliary force and posted online. Police immediately began an investigation, requesting specific details about posts, but Brown said all accounts had been closed and were no longer viewable online.

Aaron McNamara had been with the agency since June. The department says he was not even allowed out on his own yet, having only put in 45 hours in the past five months.

Police say this type of conduct from any person working or volunteering for the city is not tolerated. According to the department, during McNamara's brief tenure with the agency, he never displayed any prejudicial leanings, nor did any arise during his background check.

In the course of the department's investigation, McNamara was interviewed, and upon conclusion, was asked to resign. He is no longer a member of the agency.

Volunteers in the auxiliary force are non-sworn members with no arrest authority. They assist with parades, traffic control, service-oriented calls and locking up parks. 

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