There’s an old popular Southern ditty that goes:
I wish I was in the land of cotton. Old times there are not forgotten. Look away, look away, look away Dixieland.
While simply “looking away” from racism might have been socially acceptable in 1915, in 2015 with the rise of the internet and social media, nobody is going to ignore it when police officers associate themselves with the Ku Klux Klan. It’s a capital offense in the job market, as it should be and Detective Raymond Mott of the Lake Arthur Police Department is about to learn that lesson very rudely.
Someone affiliated with the Klan made the image public after Det. Mott became an ordained Christian minister, according to Mott himself. How, when and where exactly he traded in his Christian-Klan beliefs for just the Christian beliefs is still unknown. He also runs a charity, so it is all better now, and if everyone could just go ahead and forget about all that Klan stuff, that’d be great.
Sadly for Det. Mott, there’s a few people that have a tiny problem with that whole Klan thing.
According to The Southern Poverty Law Center:
If Det. Raymond Mott — now on leave without pay — doesn’t resign by Wednesday, Lake Arthur Police Chief Police Chief Ray Marcantel says he will ask the town council to fire the officer for being a Klan member and attending the rally.
The detective has made more recent arrests than any other officer with the tiny Lake Arthur Police Department, and now those cases are under review for possible bias, given Mott’s involvement with the KKK, officials say.”
Clearly, they want him out before they have to explain whatever they find out as they investigate his numerous arrests, and every previous arrest he has ever made. This Police Chief is doing the right thing, and that is laudable. Though it appears to have taken him 4 months to do it, as that is how long the police had knowledge of the photo before “the media started asking questions.”
Marcantel said he did a “thorough background” check prior to hiring Mott, checking with three other police agencies where Mott apparently worked. Those agencies weren’t publicly identified by the chief who said Mott’s “credentials showed no questionable history.”
“Everything was clear with his background check, I did everything I was supposed to do then, and now I’m just trying to do my job and keep the peace.
Meanwhile, Michael Cassidy, the district attorney for the 31st Judicial District Court, said arrests made by Mott leading the prosecutions will be reviewed.
“Certainly I am concerned because I recognize that all law enforcement officers should be objective and unbiased in order to do their jobs fairly and consistently,” said Cassidy.
Is it possible that in the last four months they have not had time to investigate this officer, who appears to have seen the light and left the very Christian KKK by being baptized? It seems that once the media got ahold of the photograph, which Mott claims was sent to them by the KKK because he no longer participated in their ‘activities’, the Chief had no issues acting on it. Wait, activities like rituals and venerated observances at the Saturday night “sheet dances?” What activities, Mr. Mott? What actions were you performing for the KKK as an officer of the law in Louisiana?
This investigation is being done by the LAPD internal affairs division, like nearly all police misconduct is, so don’t expect any findings of wrongdoing to be forthcoming. We’ll keep you posted.
Feature Image: Jennings Daily News