Norman Police Officer Under Internal Investigation After Controversial Email

Tuesday, May 19th 2020, 6:49 am

Norman -

A Norman Police Officer is under fire after a controversial email chain that contained images deemed by many as racist.

Both the Norman Police Department and the Mayor of Norman are responding to the controversy. The two agree an investigation needs to be done.

The internal email references the custom printed face-masks given to each officer, based on city requirements.

In it, Norman Mayor Breea Clark says there are racist images from a scene in a popular movie.

The department says within minutes, other officers called those comments inappropriate, saying the email chain needed to stop immediately.

Norman Police released a statement Monday night saying in part that a internal investigation on the officer's actions are underway. 

That internal review will also be shared with the Norman Police Department Citizen Advisory Board. They will then decide if further action needs to be taken.

Mayor Clark also spoke on the email chain in a Facebook Post, saying in part quote, "Norman prides itself on being the most inclusive community in Oklahoma, and I am confident this matter will be investigated thoroughly and that appropriate corrective action will be taken."

The Mayor continued on to say that when it is safe to do so, she and her team will host a listening session planned to hear out the concerns of Norman residents, and how to better communicate cultural sensitivity.