Officer no longer with Canton Police Department after making racist post on social media

Canton Police officer resigns after making racist post on social media

CANTON, Ohio (WOIO) - Canton police say an officer who made a “highly inappropriate” post on social media is no longer with the department.

Chief Jack Angelo said he was notified of the post made by former Canton Police Officer Andrew Russ on Tuesday night.

According to Canton police, Russ, a six year veteran, resigned from his position before the department had the opportunity to terminate him.

“The officer’s conduct is unacceptable and not in line with the standards of the Canton Police Department,” according to a statement released by the agency.

Canton police are asking the public not to judge all officers based on the actions of one former employee.

The next protest

At 1 p.m. at the KeyBank on Market Street in Canton, the Unity Coalition will hold its seventh day of protests, seeking change since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

Mayor Thomas Bernabei told them on Wednesday evening that he would have the Canton Police Chief Jack Angelo there on Thursday at their protest.

The protesters told me they will believe it when they see it because they’ve been asking the chief to come since this has started, and he has failed to show up.

The mayor says Canton has had six days of peaceful protests, other than one alleged incident after the first day of protesting last Friday.

Levi Hunter, who is the leader of the Unity Coalition, was somehow grabbed around the neck and allegedly suffered some form of police brutality at the hands of a Canton officer. They are saying that Canton officer has not been put on leave, and is still on the job, but the mayor claims there is an internal investigation.

So this group has plenty of questions for the chief regarding this incident, the Canton officer who resigned and the relationship between Canton police and the community.

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