Two City Employees In Trouble For Facebook Comments About Indy Ten Point
INDIANAPOLIS -- Negative comments about the Indy Ten Point Coalition on social media is why two city employees have been suspended.
Gregory Meriweather works for IMPD to help empower communities and collaborate with groups, like Ten Point, to reduce violence in Indianapolis. Meriweather commented on a Facebook Live post about community safety from a pastor, Preston Adams, on Wednesday.
"Ten Point is walking the track like good hoes do," he wrote. Rev. Charles Harrison, who is in charge of Indy Ten Point, is outraged by the comments.
"I'm offended by it and I think the comment was vile," he said to WISH-TV. "Cit official ought to be bringing people together rather than saying or doing things that creates division among the community!"
Police Chief Bryan Roach met with Meriweather Thrsday and suspended for three days without pay, according to Aliya Wishner, a city spokeswoman. She said Meriweather's comments are "unacceptable."
The other city worker in trouble is is Shonna Majors, the city's first director of community violence reduction hired in 2018. On that same Facebook Live comment thread started by Meriweather's comment, she replied to it with posting "$$$"
"As if we are out there like hoes out there just for the money," said Harrison, interpreting the post.
The city learned about Majors' post on Thursday, as well.
Wishner said Majors has received a formal warning from her supervisor and also met with Mayor Hogsett Thursday where he expressed his disappointment. Now, Majors will not take part in the city's grant process to give money to crime-reduction efforts this cycle, which has been a part of her job.
Wishner said in an email, "While the full context is unclear in the screenshots, we do know that these comments, made through personal, non-official Facebook accounts, do not reflect the views of the Mayor, the Office of Public Health and Safety, or IMPD. It takes an entire community to create safe neighborhoods, and the City of Indianapolis is committed to working with all residents, civic leaders, and grassroots organizations engaged in efforts that seek to reduce violence."
Wishner said the mayor asked Majors to call Harrison to "address the issue and offer her strongest apology." Harrison said he would welcome the chance to speak but has not heard from her as of Thursday night.
In the meantime, Wishner added that Chief Roach is also trying to get Meriweather and Harrison together for a meeting to talk out the issue. Harrison said he would attend that meeting but believes Meriweather should lose his job.