POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) — Leaders of a small, predominantly black town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore are defending their decision to fire the town’s first black police chief and call for healing racial tensions that have divided the community.
“You’re looking for answers. … I’ve been wanting to bust loose and say what I want to say, but I can’t,” Pocomoke City Mayor Bruce Morrison told representatives of a group called Citizens for a Better Pocomoke, which on Monday evening asked the mayor and council members to work with them to reinstate former police Chief Kelvin Sewell.
“This act has destabilized our community and now brought about division,” the Rev. Ronnie White of the House of Love Christian Center said.
Morrison, who is white, said he was willing to work with the group.