Elgin Police Officer Aaron Covington has been fired after a video surfaced online showing him making racist comments in the wake of the shooting of Laquan McDonald.
The Elgin Advocate reports that Covingson was fired Tuesday morning following a meeting with Chief Eric Koehler.
The video was posted on Facebook and later deleted by Covingtowns social media account.
The Associated Press has reached out to Covingts office for comment.
Covingtons office has said that it had no knowledge of the comments made on social security.
Elgin’s Police Chief Eric Kehler said that he had spoken to Covings supervisor and Covings office had no comment on the incident.
Covington was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.
A Facebook post by Covins Facebook page stated that Covs office would have no comment at this time.
Covets office said it would take the matter to a civil rights task force.
Coves Facebook page also shared a story from July saying that police in Elgin, Ill., were in danger of losing their jobs due to racism and that Coveton was fired for being too critical of the department.
“The Elgin Independent has been notified of an employee who posted derogatory comments about Elgin PD,” the Elgin City Council said in a statement.
“Upon learning of the employee’s actions, the City of Elgin has immediately terminated the employee.”
Elgin Mayor Michael P. O’Brien issued a statement on the matter, saying that he was aware of the posts but that “as a community, we need to have a conversation about the situation.”
Elgis police Chief Kevin Covingons social media page.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident,” O’Briens statement said.
This is an example of how race relations in our communities have deteriorated since the shooting death of LaQuan McDonald.”