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Community Compact Steering Committee condemns Geneva police officer’s Facebook postings

The committee charged with forging better relations between the city, its police department and communities of color issued a statement Wednesday condemning Facebook postings made by a city police officer that set off a social media firestorm and resulted in the city’s lone African-American council member calling for his firing.

“The images and associated message communicated via recent social media posts by a Geneva police officer are in direct conflict with the principles embraced by the Community Compact, the charge put forward in our mission statement and the city’s stated core values of rebuking racism and celebrating our racial and cultural diversity,” Geneva Community Compact Steering Committee members said in the statement. “It is the stance of each of our signatories, and the Community Compact Steering Committee, that messages promoting hate, division, white supremacy or denigrating any race or culture have no place in Geneva or in any of our public agencies.”

Police Chief Jeff Trickler, who is a member of the Compact Steering Committee, initiated an internal investigation over what he called the “inappropriate actions” of officer Todd Yancey, who has not been on active duty for about one and a half years because of a work-related injury.

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