West Memphis City Council calls on police chief to resign - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

West Memphis City Council calls on police chief to resign

Citizens filled the West Memphis City Council chambers Thursday to show their support for a resolution calling for the resignation of Erik Sammis and Jimmy Evans as law enforcement officers of the West Memphis Police Department.

The two officers were involved in the shooting of 12-year-old DeAunta Farrow.

DeAunta Farrow's grandmother also  spoke in favor of the resignations.
"I'm here on behalf DeAunta that there will be justice for the police officers that shot a child," Verna Mae Farrow said.

Some of the speakers were angry about comments West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert made, in which he said the people calling for the resignations were vigilantes.

"I am requesting this body write or talk with chief of police about attacking people verbally. I think the words that were used were unprofessional by an officer of his caliber," council member Lorraine Robinson said.

She went on to also ask for Paudert's resignation.

The West Memphis City Council then voted down racial lines, 6 to 4, approving the resolution to remove Sammis, Evans and Chief Bob Paudert.

Paudert said he wasn't surprised, but he did not plan to step down.

"Why should I resign? I haven't done anything wrong," he said.

However, Paudert added, he would resign if the mayor asked him too.

Even though the resolution passed the mayor still has to approve it, a decision West Memphis Mayor Bill Johnson said he will likely make on Monday.

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