Officer giving Nazi salute at KKK rally fired in Lake Arthur
LAKE ARTHUR - City council members voted Wednesday night to terminate a Lake Arthur Police officer after a picture surfaced of the man giving a Nazi salute during a Ku Klux Klan gathering.
Detective Raymond Mott didn't deny he was the person in the picture, which was taken last summer in North Carolina according to KATC-TV.
"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."
Mott initially claimed he was working undercover at the gathering, but later admitted he was lying according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Lake Arthur Police chief demanded Mott resign, which he refused to do. He told KATC he planned to sue for being removed from the force.
"The process that it went through in order to terminate me was not within guidelines of Louisiana law," said Mott. "Some information was put out that puts my family's safety at risk. And I will be taking legal action. I've contacted an attorney already."
Mott has worked for the Jennings Police Department, Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, Youngsville Police and the Eunice Police Department. Lake Arthur Police said the incident has led to them pulling his cases for review.