EARLE, AR (WMC) - Four white officers in Earle, Arkansas are out of a job, replaced with three black officers.
Now some people in the town are calling the change racially motivated.
"I was the leading officer," Tommy Hampton said. "I had more arrests, more tickets, never been written up, never been late. I had 20 hours a week in overtime."
Hampton is one of the four officers who lost their jobs. He says his record as an officer didn't matter once Carolyn Jones became mayor and appointed Tyrone Smith as the new Earle police chief.
"On his official first day, he fired me before I even got to work," Hampton said.
This is not the first time the Earle Police Department made headlines. Three years ago, city leaders cut the police chief and assistant chief positions to help meet the city's budget.
This time Jones and Smith's supporters are citing budget restrictions as the reason for letting the four white officers go, but Hampton says the budget has nothing to do with it.
WMC Action News 5's Andrew Douglas called Mayor Jones to ask her about the police department shakeup. She told him she didn't want to talk about it and abruptly hung up the phone.