Oxford’s Board of Aldermen to consider Oxford police officers’ resignations

Published 11:51 am Monday, June 3, 2019

Two Oxford Police officers have put in their resignation request, and the city’s Board of Aldermen will consider that request tonight.

The request is part of the consent agenda for tonight’s regular meeting, meaning it could be approved without discussion along with other items on the consent agenda. Another item on the agenda seeks approval to hire two new full-time police officers.

Personnel decisions such as these are common during city board meetings. An item listed on the consent agenda does not have to be discussed by the Board to be approved, but an alderman can request an item be removed for discussion.

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The reason for the officers’ resignation requests is unknown at this time. However, the resignations have drawn attention from outside parties. Last week, Carlos Moore, the attorney representing the Clayton Family in the murder case of Dominique Clayton, made a public statement that two OPD officers have resigned in the ‘aftermath’ of Clayton’s murder on May 19.

In a post on his Facebook page on May 28, Moore stated his investigation had ‘confirmed’ the names of two OPD officers who resigned ‘under duress.’ Moore did not release the names of the officers he spoke of. In a tweet posted early Saturday morning, Moore stated he would attend tonight’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

“Oxford Mayor and Aldermen will consider the recent resignations of two Oxford Police Department officers on Tuesday, June 4, at its regularly scheduled board meeting at 5 p.m. I will be there. #JusticeForDominiqueClayton,” the tweet read.

On May 20, former OPD officer Matthew Kinne was arrested and later charged with the murder of Clayton. Members of Clayton’s family claimed the two were romantically involved in some way. The Board of Aldermen met in an executive session following Kinne’s arrest and terminated his employment with the OPD on May 21. Kinne is currently in custody at the Panola County Jail.

On May 24, Moore held a press conference on the steps of the Lafayette County Courthouse thanking the City of Oxford and OPD for their swift action in firing Kinne, but also made clear his investigators were going to look into claims other OPD officers, or even the city, were ‘complicit’ in trying to cover anything up regarding Clayton’s murder.

Last week, Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill announced in a statement that she requested Mississippi attorney general Jim Hood’s office to investigate the matter on behalf of the city.