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Social Media Posts From Stonington Official Prompt Calls For Resignation

Town of Stonington, Connecticut

A member of the Board of Police Commissioners in Stonington, Connecticut, has been asked to resign over his posts about race, immigration and LGBTQ issues on Facebook.

Robert O'Shaughnessy tells the Day of New London newspaper he does not plan to resign after several anti-Black Lives Matter and anti-gay statements.

Stonington’s First Selectwoman, the Democratic Town Committee, and a state representative from nearby Mystic had called for him to quit. He posted on Facebook that he regrets his words and would do better.

The Stonington Police Department has been under investigation for the way it handled a case in June, where a Black woman was assaulted by a white couple at a hotel. Police in New York ended up arresting the Long Island couple two weeks later.

O'Shaughnessy would review the investigation findings, if he’s still on the Board of Police Commissioners. He would also help the board make any policy recommendations.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.