Petitioners Ask For Chief Burton's Resignation

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COLUMBIA - A small group of petitioners gathered in front of the Columbia Post Office Saturday morning asking for Police Chief Ken Burton's resignation. Within their first hour of petitioning, the group of three people gathered about 50 signatures. Saturday was the first day they petitioned in public. They said they gathered more than 120 signatures over the past week from friends, family and acquaintances.  

The small group say Burton does not treat the Columbia Police Officers with fairness and consistency. 

The movement comes after Chief Burton fired former Officer Rob Sanders on Sept. 21 for use of excessive force after video showed Sanders went into a holding cell and forced a suspect to the ground. The incident occurred August 15th. Sanders was placed on administrative leave on August 24th.

Internal Affairs cleared Sanders of the incident after an investigation. However, Burton said Sanders did not act within policy.

The group plans to present its petition and signatures to the Columbia City Council and city manger early next month. KOMU tired contacting Chief Burton and Columbia Police on the issue but did not get an immediate response.