Pocomoke City Attorney William Hudson claims he cannot comment on the council’s decision to fire the chief.
The council has refused to offer any public explanation or statement about the termination. Hudson did say, however, “we deny there was impropriety whatsoever on the part of the city, the former city manager, as well as the mayor and the council.”
“You terminated a man who made a difference,” the Rev. James Jones, said at the protests.
He’s a pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church. He presented the council with a petition that included 500 signatures demanding Sewell’s immediate reinstatement.
“My whole life, we have been treated as lower than Caucasians when it comes to getting jobs,” Kelli Cropper, 42, said. She’s a teacher in Pocomoke City, about a three-hours southeast of Washington.
“We want to know tonight, by whose authority was the chief fired?” the Rev. Ronnie White, pastor of House of Love Outreach Christian Center in Pocomoke City said.
George Tasker, a Caucasian city council member made things worse by coming out and saying to the crowd: “I’m just a mountain boy. I don’t know how to address y’all African American people.”
Afterward, resident Vanessa Jones, 56, said “Pocomoke City has always had a history of prejudice. It’s always been racial here, always. It’s supposed to be one of the friendliest towns on the Eastern Shore, and that is not true.”
(Article by S. Wooten and M. David)