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Councilman who used N-word at meeting ordered not to repeat it

Using the N-word was found to be a “violation of our rules and procedures,” the mayor said, adding: “Thompson is ordered not to repeat this offense against the rules.”

City council formally reprimanded a councilman Tuesday night after an “inappropriate” Facebook post and his use of the N-word during last week’s meeting.

The six remaining members of council voted to place Councilman Robin Thompson under censure for 30 days, saying he was not in good standing, before he rejoined them for the remainder of the meeting.

The backlash began with a social media post that Thompson shared and later deleted, showing an empty truck and the words “a photo of all the supplies donated to Hurricane Harvey relief and Black Lives Matter.”

Several people called him out for the post at last week’s council meeting, and in responding, Thompson uttered the N-word in the context of a quote. (Read the full quote and backstory of the controversy here.)

“It was the wrong thing to do,” said Grumpy Azzoz, former councilman, as he addressed Schertz City Council. “It was the wrong thing to call people of color. I don't care how you used it.”

People on both sides addressed their city leaders for more than an hour, and the majority supported Thompson.

“He has taken ownership and made a public apology,” said Penny Jennings of Schertz. “How many of you can say you've done the same? Everyone should remember that Councilman Thompson has done so many wonderful things for our city.”

After citizens spoke, Thompson read a statement, saying “I deeply and sincerely apologize for all the embarrassment…” He called his Facebook post “inappropriate” and said the N-word was an “offensive word I should never have used.”

City leaders went into closed session for a couple of hours to discuss discipline. When they returned, Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter read a writ of censure, which was unanimously supported.

Using the N-word was found to be a “violation of our rules and procedures,” the mayor said, adding: “Thompson is ordered not to repeat this offense against the rules.”

It appears the move is a public rebuke that does not affect his ability to vote or serve, although he is considered “not in good standing” for 30 days.

@MichaelLocklear | mlocklear@sbgtv.com

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