“It prompted me to suppose how I actually wished to deal with folks in a different way,” he stated. “And it had an affect, that’s for positive.”
Chief Magnus began his legislation enforcement profession in 1979 as a dispatcher within the Lansing Police Division, rose by the ranks and in 1999 turned the police chief in Fargo, N.D., the place he helped set up a liaison program for refugees.
Later, because the police chief in Richmond, he helped drive down violent crime. In 2014, one in every of his final years with the division, the town recorded simply 11 homicides, the bottom quantity in additional than 4 many years. That 12 months, Chief Magnus was photographed holding the Black Lives Matter signal and, when criticized by the native police union, stated he would do it once more.
However in Richmond, Chief Magnus additionally confronted a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by seven Black sergeants, lieutenants and captains, though in 2012 a jury rejected all of the claims. In 2015, a former Richmond police officer settled a wrongful termination lawsuit with the division after he stated he was fired for complaining that Chief Magnus sexually harassed him and made racial slurs. Chief Magnus known as the accusations “totally bogus.”
“There have been nonetheless folks at the moment who felt I’m a better goal as a result of I’m a homosexual man,” he stated. “That’s not the primary time in my profession I’ve skilled that.”
In Tucson final 12 months, Chief Magnus once more drew hearth when the division took two months to launch the body-camera video of the death of a 27-year-old Latino man, Carlos Ingram Lopez, who pleaded repeatedly for water as he was being restrained by law enforcement officials.
Chief Magnus attributed the delay to a bureaucratic breakdown, saying he didn’t instantly watch the video. However he stated he wished he had executed extra to see it himself. “We should always have requested to see the video however that didn’t occur, and after we did finally see it clearly we have been very involved about it,” he stated. Chief Magnus supplied his resignation throughout a information convention because the video was made public, however the mayor saved him on the pressure and praised his work in a press release on Monday.