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Mayor, police chief offended by officer’s alleged behavior

July 18, 2019

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee mayor and police chief say the alleged behavior of a former police sergeant was offensive and embarrassing, but they declined to discuss details of an internal investigation.

News outlets report Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief Eve Thomas called Thursday’s news conference after news reports that Sgt. Bob Maxwell retired following complaints that he fostered an unprofessional and sexist work environment.

Rogero said the city has numerous excellent officers, and the allegations cause her pain. Thomas said she was “horrified” when she found out about the allegations brought by a veteran officer and an anonymous person in complaints last month with the department’s internal affairs unit.

Maxwell retired July 1 after his supervisor, Lt. Travis Brasfield, filed a complaint following a June 20 meeting about complaints that Maxwell was crossing professional lines with sexist comments.

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