Snohomish police chief reassigned amid outcry over protests

Snohomish police chief reassigned amid outcry over protests
Former Snohomish Police Chief Keith Rogers (Snohomishwa.gov)

SNOHOMISH, Wash. — Snohomish city leaders say their police chief is being demoted amid public outcry over his comments about armed vigilantes gathering in the city.

Officials said Keith Rogers will stay on as a lieutenant and Robert Palmer has been named the new Interim Police Chief.

Rogers has received wide public condemnation and calls for resignation after referring to a hundred armed vigilantes converging in Snohomish on May 31 as a festive night of tailgating and celebratory pleasantries.

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Among those gathered in the historic downtown were a man waving a Confederate flag and people flaunting patches of a hate group's coded insignia on tactical gear.

They were there for the supposed purpose of protecting boutiques from alleged leftist looting threats that never materialized.