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Mount Vernon Mayor, City Council, Butt Heads Over Police Department

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Mount Vernon Police Department. Photo Credit: File

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Following reports of a screaming match that unfolded on the steps of Mount Vernon City Hall on Tuesday between Mayor Richard Thomas, local residents, and elected officials, Thomas has doubled down on his support of local police.

According to a News12 report , a news conference held on the steps of City Hall turned chaotic on Tuesday morning as council members called on a federal investigation into what they believe to be a dysfunctional and corrupt police department.

The report claims that City Council members have placed the blame on Thomas, stating that he has used the department to handle personal vendettas.

Following that incident, Thomas issued a statement “in support of the Mount Vernon Police Department.”

“I stand with the people of Mount Vernon who want justice and accountability. This City Council removed the position of Police Commissioner from the department. They slashed twenty police officers from the force. They refused to pay the salary for an Inspector General in defiance of a court order,” he stated.

“They claim to want federal oversight and yet they have defied the federal government over and over and sided with pollution over the people. Our community experienced tragic shootings over the 2016 holiday season, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Police, and County law enforcement all confirmed that they are working with Mount Vernon to create a “safer environment” rather than in the past when it was simply on an ad hoc basis.”

Thomas went on to add that, “maybe instead of whining, the City Council should restore the Police Commissioner’s salary and return the funding for the 20 police officers.”

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