Protests planned in Auxvasse calling for chief of police resignation

2 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Friday, June 26 2020 Jun 26, 2020 Friday, June 26, 2020 6:10:00 AM CDT June 26, 2020 in News
By: Avery Everett and Caroline Dade, KOMU 8 Reporters

AUXVASSE – People in Auxvasse are calling for the resignation of Police Chief Kevin Suedmeyer after he was reinstated following an internal investigation of his social media.

Aleigha Turner, a resident of Auxvasse, began organizing the nonviolent protest set for 6 p.m. on Friday, June 26, after Suedmeyer was reinstated.

According to previous KOMU 8 News reporting, Suedmeyer was placed on administrative leave on June 11 after a citizen complained about posts on Suedmeyer’s personal Facebook page that were made from late May into early June. 

Turner provided screenshots of the posts to KOMU 8 News. They included comments about protesters standing in the roadway blocking traffic like “you deserve to be run over. That will help clean up the gene pool” and “I certainly won’t stop for them – though if they insist – I’ll identify myself – they can back down or get shot.”

As of June 12, Suedmeyer was reinstated as police chief with a “verbal warning,” according to a statement from the City of Auxvasse.

Turner said she thinks Suedmeyer should resign. 

“His comments are unacceptable in any frame of mind,” she said. “But as an official that is supposed to protect the entire community, he has failed his oath of office and it is absolutely absurd he is still on the seat as of now.”

KOMU 8 News reached out to Suedmeyer but was unable to contact him. Reporters also reached out to the mayor but were told he was out of town.

Auxvasse City Supervisor Mike Bertschinger said the city is looking to cooperate with the protesters. He also said Suedmeyer will not be working Friday night.

Turner said she has been in close contact with Callaway County Sheriff Clay Chism and is hoping his deputies will keep both protesters and counter protesters safe.

Despite some pushback she’s received from the community, Turner said she’s going ahead with the protest because of what she thinks it can teach future generations.

“I want to live in a world and I want to teach my son that his voice is important,” Turner said. “Everyone’s voice is important and teach him not to fear and to not live in fear based on doing the right thing, no matter the repercussions of it.”  

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