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Louisiana Police Officer Is Upset That He Was Fired for Attending KKK Rally

 Det. Raymond Mott in Ku Klux Klan uniform.
Raymond Mott in Ku Klux Klan clothing.

Photo courtesy of the Jennings Daily News

A Lake Arthur, Louisiana, police officer named Raymond Mott is upset that he was fired for attending a Ku Klux Klan rally and plans to sue over his dismissal, area ABC affiliate KATC reports. Mott was photographed at a rally in North Carolina in 2014 wearing Klan insignia and holding his left hand up in a Klan salute:

“The picture speaks for itself,” said Mott. “I’m standing at a rally against illegal immigration. There’s not much to be said about the picture. I’ve never denied it was me.”

From the Southern Poverty Law Center’s writeup on a piece in the local Jennings Daily News that’s paywalled:

“I have never even had a negative write-up in my file since my start in law enforcement as a reserve in 2006,” Mott told the Jennings newspaper.  “I am not going to quit my job because I made a decision to support a cause I thought was right at the time - illegal immigration not racism,” he added.

A local district attorney says prosecutions involving Mott will be reviewed for potential bias.

h/t Mic