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City meeting heats up as residents speak out

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Edgewood City Council did not address a controversial item on their agenda Monday night.

They were scheduled to address the termination of a part-time police officer who was fired unexpectedly after talks of him becoming a full-time officer.

Despite the item being on the agenda, the mayor said pending litigation they would not address that item.

Council members may not have been speaking on the issue Monday evening, but residents were.

"Officer Richard McCoy in my opinion, having been here for the past two and a half years, has always come by, has always introduced himself, always notified us when there were burglaries in the area," said Monica Roy.

Roy is an Edgewood business owner who said she thinks the chief is the one who needs to go.

"Many citizens in this town are terrified of him," she said.

Roy said there are other residents who feel the same way, but are too afraid to speak out.

"I own the local café here in town. People talk all the time, but when it comes to saying anything directly, they are terrified of him," Roy said.

Roy addressed the chief herself at the city council meeting.

"Have you solved any burglaries this year in our city?" she asked.
"Ma'am, I'm not going to get in a debate with you," Chief Askew said.
"That would be a no, that would be a no," she responded.

However, other residents who appeared before the council spoke highly of the chief.

Catherine Pointer Andrue credits Chief Askew for protecting her family in a dangerous situation.

"You couldn't ask for a kinder man or a better person to represent and protect us because it's what he does. He doesn't pick and choose, he's anywhere you need him to be at the drop of a hat. No matter what he's doing, he's there and he made sure we were safe," she said.

Right now, the City of Edgewood is divided and council members are waiting to hear from lawyers before they move forward.

Chief Askew and the city council members we spoke to after the meeting declined to comment.

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