The City of Chattanooga reportedly fired a worker for allegedly burning books written by conservative authors, including President Donald Trump.
Officials said part-time library specialist Cameron Dequintez Williams took the books and burned them in December, WDEF reported last week. Williams led several protests last year in Chattanooga and was charged with blocking streets.
News Channel 9’s Josh Roe tweeted, “Update: Chattanooga Library fires worker who burned library books by conservative authors”.
Update: Chattanooga Library fires worker who burned library books by conservative authors https://t.co/yrxcz3F3Yp
— Josh Roe NC9 (@joshroe) February 11, 2021
Roe’s tweet linked to a News Channel 9 story that said Williams, a member of Black Lives Matter, allegedly admitted to burning the books, but said the books were going to be removed and he was told he could take them. His attorney planned to appeal.
Williams, known as “C-Grimey,” organized protests last year against the police, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. The burned books included Crippled America by Trump and Ann Coulter’s How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must). FDT, a Trump protest song performed by rappers YG and Nipsey Hussle, played while the books burned.
According to a story by The Chattanoogan, the Chattanooga Public Library’s statement said in part:
Library officials said, “The city of Chattanooga Human Resources Department completed its investigation of an allegation that books were removed from the Chattanooga Public Library’s Main Branch on Dec. 1, 2020.
“The city of Chattanooga has policies in place to protect the public’s interest, and we follow those directives,” said Library Executive Director Corinne Hill.
Williams allegedly broadcast the book burning on Facebook Live, according to the minutes of the library’s board of directors from Dec. 16, available here.
Hill told the board that the city’s HR department had completed its investigation. She also said she was working with the city’s HR and Legal Departments per city policy.
In 2014, the board allowed the library to move into the city’s oversight, so staffing issues are handled by Chattanooga.
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