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Goldsboro police chief under fire for online Trump impersonation

Posted January 25

— The Goldsboro police chief is under fire after posting a picture of himself in the likeness of President Donald Trump on Facebook. The Wayne County NAACP held a news conference Wednesday night demanding the city take disciplinary action against Mike West.

West said he meant nothing political by it and was trying to highlight the strides his department has made since he became the chief.

And while the post has been deleted, Wayne County NAACP President Sylvia Barnes says it is offensive.

West said he voted for Trump in the election, but never "got caught up in the hype" of the campaign. Instead, he saw Trump's slogan as fitting for the improvements he's made in Goldsboro.

Michael Cochran, who lives in the city, said he was not offended.

"Well, he's done really good improving it because last week, they've been having patrols out here all day and all night," he said.

Scott Stevens, Goldsboro's city manager, said the post did not violate any policy.

"I don't see where he violated city policy, but judgment wise, would he have made a better choice to not have posted anything? Absolutely," he said.


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  • John Jones Jan 26, 2017
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    White NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal can't alter her appearance to look black and they are okay with this?????HHMMMM

  • Kenneth Jones Jan 26, 2017
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    You must discipline him because, HE HURT MY FEELINGS!!!! What a sad state of affairs the left are in... MAGA

  • Heather Braswell Jan 26, 2017
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    I agree with all of these 7 comments. If the NAACP doesn't like Trump, don't take it out on the Police Captain.

  • Paul Gemborys Jr Jan 26, 2017
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    This is just ridiculous!

  • Ed Smail Jan 26, 2017
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    LOL, he does look like Trump. The Sheriff has his 1st amendment rights. Of course tolerant liberals only like the 1st amendment when it agrees with their political agenda.

  • Larry Price Jan 26, 2017
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    It's things like this that show why Trump picked up so many swing voters in the election.

  • Judy Loftin Jan 26, 2017
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  • Ed Ray Jan 26, 2017
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    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That is all I hear.

  • Walter Greene Jan 25, 2017
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    Okay, when an official has to apologize for showing support for the President of the US, we are in a very bad place. I think Sylvia Barnes and the NAACP owes Mr. West an apology! This is crazy at its finest. Does anyone other than this woman think this man has done something wrong? Double-speak and thought crime - has it really come to this?

  • Andy Jackson Jan 25, 2017
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    This police chief has absolutely NOTHING to apologize for - especially to the Wayne County NAACP president Sylvia Barnes. She needs to get a life, and stop this whining, and stirring the pot. If her intent is to further divide blacks and whites - she's well on her way!
    If the normal citizen complained about everything they didn't like, the news would not have enough data space. Go on lady......you could not even answer the media's questions on today's news in a manner that one could understand.