Alabama police officers suspended for making alleged 'white power' gesture

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Four Alabama police officers have been suspended after they made an upside down 'OK' sign with their hands that some allege is a hate symbol for 'white power'.

Jasper Mayor David O'Mary suspended the four officers, who are on the narcotics team, after the photo was featured in the Jasper Daily Mountain Eagle newspaper.

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O'Mary had arranged for the photo to be taken on Thursday because he wanted the officers to receive credit for a recent drug bust.

But now four of the officers will be suspended for two weeks, in addition to losing five days of pay.

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O'Mary will also require the officers to undertake diversity training, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The mayor said he did not ask the officers what they meant by the gesture because it did not matter.

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'That's contradictory to how we run our city,' he told CBS 12. 'That's not our mindset.'

'That's not the way we do things and they used poor judgement.'

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O'Mary said he consulted with 'two senior African-American law enforcement officers' regarding the punishment.

'They think it's fair, and that's a pretty good sounding board,' he added.

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The Anti-Defamation League revealed the 'OK' sign was only rumored to be a symbol for white power due to a hoax created by the website 4chan.

It said the hoax originated in February 2017, when an anonymous poster came up with 'Operation O-KKK'.

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