Rachel Dolezal, a 37-year-old white female pretending to be black and former president of a NAACP chapter in Spokane, WA, was requested to resign from Spokane City Hall’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission.
One of the unofficial reasons is that she falsely claimed on her application form that she identified herself as Caucasian, African-American and Indian-American, all at the same time, though her Montana birth certificate clearly stated that both her parents were Caucasian. But the official reason was a harassment indictment and police bias.
Dolezal (photo) made headlines last week after her family had told reporters that she was born female but as a NAACP chapter leader she had been pretending to be black for more than five years.
Rachel resigned from NAACP this week before making her appearance on “Today” where she told reporters that she identified as African-American.
Nevertheless, she is currently under scrutiny for at least two incidents – one related to the police oversight commission application form and the other related to allegations that she had harassed a colleague at the commission.
Investigators did find some “behavioral misconduct interactions with City employees,” but failed to reach a conclusion about the first incident. Nevertheless, the mayor requested for her resignation.
“The conduct is unacceptable and falls far short of the community’s expectations of volunteers who sit on City boards and commissions,”
said Spokane Mayor David Condon in a public statement.
Rebekah Hollwedel, one of the members of the commission, filed a complaint against Dolezal and two of her colleagues over “very rude, disrespectful and degrading” behavior directed at her. Hollwedel also complained that the three “abused their authority” and had plans of taking over the commission.
According to a later complaint, Dolezal retaliated against the woman by humiliating her in public and insulting her. Hollwedel also claims that Dolezal had altered the minutes of the commission’s meetings and made public the names of officers under investigations related to racist behavior.
The recent mayoral report shows that Dolezal acted in a conflict of interest when she participated in public protests against police shootings of African-Americans as a leader of the NAACP chapter, though she was also a member of Spokane police supervision commission.
On December 5, she scrutinized Spokane Police Department for its policy of not hiring enough African Americans, report shows. Back then, police officers said that Dolezal’s questions were both “hostile and accusatory.”
Dolezal declined any request for comment on the police issues, and so did Hollwedel.
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