Former Memphis police officer Clayton John Hickey fired from Regional One Health after going viral for voting in a racist shirt
Hickey was wearing a shirt with a Confederate flag and noose with the words “Mississippi Justice”
Regional One fired Hickey after he went viral for the shirt
In 2010 Hickey retired from the Memphis Police Department after he was caught with alcohol and a 17-year-old girl in his car
Former Memphis Police Officer Clayton John Hickey has been fired from his job at Regional One Health in Memphis, Tennessee after he went viral for voting in a shirt with a Confederate flag and a noose on the front with the words “Mississippi Justice.”
Hickey resigned from the MPD in 2010 after he was caught with a 17-year-old girl and open alcohol in his car. Hickey currently has his EMT license and had been working at Regional One who were informed of the picture. Regional One released the following statement.
Regional One Health is committed to a safe, secure, and comfortable work environment for our patients, guests, employees and medical staff. All allegations of inappropriate behavior and violations of trust involving employees are reviewed and investigated. We take this process seriously and are committed to following all necessary steps to verify the truth.
On November 7, 2018, we became aware of a photo circulating on social media of an individual identified online as an employee of Regional One Health. The Regional One Health legal and human resources teams promptly began an investigation into this employee and to determine if these allegations were real and accurate.
We understand and appreciate the intense feelings related to this situation, but it is our duty to perform a thorough due diligence to verify the truth.
As of today, November 8, 2018, we have completed our investigation and what we learned led to the termination of the employee in question. Regional One Health holds employees to a high standard. We are committed to upholding our mission to provide compassionate care and exceptional services to all. This includes fostering a safe and protected work and care environment for all. Behaviors contrary to these principles are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Buzzfeed reported the picture was initially posted to Facebook, but was later removed. By the time it was removed from Facebook it had already spread to Twitter where it gained more attention after people mistakenly believed that Hickey was a poll worker.
The picture was originally posted by someone that wished to be known as“Rashaud.” Rashaud told Buzzfeed he initially believed Hickey was a poll worker. It was confirmed that Hickey was there as a voter. The picture was taken in Olive Branch, Mississippi where Hickey resides. Hickey has yet to make a comment about the incident.