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Ex-chief to fight for job after cinnamon prank

Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former Mississippi police chief says he'll fight to get his job back after being fired over a video purportedly showing city employees encouraging a mentally disabled man to eat a mouthful of cinnamon as a prank.

Attorney Carlos Moore said Thursday he's representing former Tutwiler Police Chief Terry Tyler and they've asked town officials for an appeal hearing. Tyler claims the prank was happening when he arrived and that he pointed the man to a water fountain

The video shows a woman pouring cinnamon into 18-year-old Ted Martin's mouth while people cheered. Martin holds the cinnamon in his mouth for a few seconds before coughing out a plume of the spice and running to a restroom, apparently gagging.

Tyler, two officers and two town officials were fired Feb. 14.

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