La. Police chief says he’s sorry for post but won’t concede it’s racist

La. Police chief says he’s sorry for post but won’t concede it’s racist
Estherwood Police Chief Wayne Welsh at his office in the town's village hall February 8, 2019. (Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana police officer who was suspended without pay after sharing a racist image on Facebook in 2017 has since become police chief of his small town. And he says he's developing social media policies that would result in termination for officers who make similar mistakes.

Wayne Welsh was assistant chief in Estherwood when he shared a depiction of a white woman pushing a little girl’s face into bath water, supposedly as punishment for having a crush on a black child. In an interview with Nola.com|The Times-Picayune Welsh says he’s sorry the image caused people to think Estherwood is racist.

He insists he's not racist, and won't concede the image was racist, calling it "a joke."

Welsh became Estherwood’s police chief last spring, a promotion lamented by civil rights groups.

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