Wyoming Police Officer Fired For Using Racist Terms

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WYOMING, Mich.-  Mark Armstrong, a 26-year-veteran of the Wyoming Police Department who was arrested July 26, was fired from his job for using racist terms, according to an internal letter from Jan. 31, 2011.

Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody told the then-officer that his employment was in jeopardy because of comments he made in the police department’s report writing room that January.

The letter says Armstrong used a derogatory term toward African Americans and then as he walked out the door said.

“You can’t call them the N-word,” the letter reads.

In that letter, Armstrong was given a chance to respond to the allegations but declined to do so and was fired on February 3rd, 2011.

Armstrong was arrested Thursday, July 26 for allegedly pointing guns at Holland Public Safety officers after leading them on a 15-minute chase.  That incident led to Eighth and Ninth streets near College Avenue in Holland being shut down for 45 minutes.

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7 comments

  • K-Dude

    Ok he's a racist and a nut or a nut and a racist, take his firearm away and lock him up. Then when he gets out make sure his isn't allowed to ever own firearm again!

  • Tingles

    OK…but when was the last time, or the first time you've ever heard of anyone being arrested for calling a no hyphen American a crazy azz cracker ?
    Or is racism just a one way street ?

  • TRACY

    And this is news WHY? that happened 2 years ago it seems to me it would have been news then not now! If the N word is so bad then come to my neighbor hood where kids in the age range of 5-17 run around day and night yelling at each other using the n word every other word out of their mouth! SO if it so bad of a word then why it is used like running water.OH THATS RIGHT IT IS ONLY WRONG IF ANOTHER RACE USES IT! HOW AM I TO TEACH MY YOUNG CHILDREN TO NOT USE IT WHEN THAT IS ALL THEY HEAR?

  • shelley

    The news has a tendency to report on half truths with half information. The news tends to lead people into the direction that they choose based on what they actually decide to report, how they choose to write it and how they choose to say it.

    the above story is not accurate in and of itself — or the way that the news this time decided they would reflect it….. KEEP THIS IN MIND PLEASE. parts of this situation or story have been left out of course as it would not be as dramatic nor would it actually hold anyone's attention…..

    SHAME ON THE NEWS…….. IT IS WRONG TO DESTROY SOMEONE'S REPUTATION WITH YOUR HALF TRUTHS AND / OR SERIOUS STORY EDITING FOR THE PUBLIC… !!!!!!!

    Mr. Armstrong is obviously going through enough right now, all of us have been there, stop putting yourselves (any of you / us) on a pedestal !! Give him some room and some respect !!!!