His­panic cop says he was asked to change name

Tri-City Herald - - News -

City gov­ern­ment in Tonas­ket is in tur­moil af­ter a po­lice of­fi­cer came for­ward with al­le­ga­tions that the mayor wanted him to start us­ing the name “Joseph” be­cause “Jose” sounded too His­panic. The sit­u­a­tion prompted the mayor to dis­band the small po­lice depart­ment, and for City Coun­cil mem­bers to de­mand the mayor re­sign.

The is­sue blew up at a City Coun­cil meet­ing Tues­day in the Okanogan County town. The Spokesman-Re­view re­ports that for­mer Of­fi­cer Jose Perez told the coun­cil that Mayor Den­nis Brown asked him to stop us­ing the name Jose when in­ter­act­ing with res­i­dents.

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