The suspension of Mooresville Police Chief Damon Williams "was driven by improper reasons to cover corruption and racism,” according to the South Iredell Branch of the NAACP.
The civil rights organization said it reached that conclusion after meeting with Williams and former Mooresville Police Department employees.
The local chapter has scheduled a community meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Watkins Chapel AME Zion Church in Mooresville to discuss the situation.
The meeting "will address other issues that have come to light in the town of Mooresville, beyond the retaliatory, racially motivated removal of Police Chief Damon Williams to administrative leave," the NAACP said in a news release. "Since his removal, more former employees have come to us with corroborating testimony. We will share how a culture of operating outside the rule of law has allowed this to happen."
North Carolina NAACP President T. Anthony Spearman and District Director Amos McClorey are expected to attend the meeting.
Williams, who is black, and one of his captains were placed on administrative leave following initial findings of an investigation into the Mooresville Police Department.
Interim Town Manager Ryan Rase made the moves June 3 after outside consultant U.S. ISS Agency of Huntersville conducted dozens of interviews in a probe of claims that officers and employees at the police department were subject to a hostile work environment.
Capt. David Call, supervisor of MPD’s Criminal Investigations Division, also was put on administrative leave with pay.