Jasper, AL – Four Jasper police officers have been suspended without pay after they made a circular “okay” hand gesture in a photograph that appeared in a local newspaper.
Jasper Mayor David O’Mary said that some people claimed the gesture was a racist symbol for “white power,” WBMA reported.
The photo was intended as a way to recognize the Jasper drug terrorism task force officers’ hard work in connection with a recent gun and narcotics bust in the area, said Mayor O’Mary, who had arranged to have the image taken.
After the photo was published in the Daily Mountain Eagle, some people complained that the four Jasper officers were making a racist hand gesture. (https://defensemaven.io/bluelivesmatter/news/officers-suspended-without-pay-accused-of-white-power-hand-gestures-in-photo-skuQ7lQgA0COcTNQOPHc-w/)