Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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Newburgh manager: Confederate flag issue “far from over”

NEWBURGH – The incident in which a Newburgh City police officer posted an image of a Confederate flag on the department’s Instagram page was the subject of a closed door executive session of the city council Monday night.

City Manager Michael Ciaravino called the incident “a disgrace” and announced during public session it remains under investigation.

“We continue to look into this matter. There is an investigation and we will wait for all of the facts as well as the law and direction from our legal team as to how to proceed,” he said.

Ciaravino did have praise for the swift condemnation of the incident from the two police unions and administration and he apologized to the public. “We should see this as a wakeup call to continue to advance the causes and the battles, and the insistence upon justice and equality in this country that was founded by our grandparents and great-grandparents, some of who came over against their will,” he said. “What unites us makes us stronger.”

 


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