Fulton officials say city is in "process of termination" with officer

Fulton Mayor Deana Michaels, seen above at a city council meeting earlier this year, is calling for the firing one of her police officers and has "zero tolerance for actions and behaviors that shake the public confidence or question the trust of those who are tasked with serving our community and protecting our community."

FULTON — Mayor Deana Michaels said Monday she has “zero tolerance for actions and behaviors that shake the public confidence” and will move to fire a city police officer who posted a racist meme on social media.

In the wake of nationwide protests over police violence and the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd last Monday, Fulton City Police Officer Hunter Beckwith posted the image in question to her Instagram account, according to multiple independently corroborated records of online communication reviewed by The Palladium-Times. The meme depicted several emoji, and crudely questioned the sincerity of black protestors. Fulton city officials have not yet released Beckwith’s name, or returned multiple requests for comment from The Palladium-Times. Attempts to reach leadership representatives of the Fulton Police Benevolent Association, the union representing rank-and-file officers, were not immediately successful Monday afternoon.