KPD Chief ‘made aware’ of photo involving two officers over Halloween with an individual in ‘black-face’

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — An internal investigation into two Knoxville Police officers has been opened after a photo depicting a person in blackface shared on social media stirred controversy on Halloween.

That information coming from Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon’s office Tuesday night.

“I have been made aware of the photo involving two KPD officers that was posted on social media over Halloween weekend showing an individual in black-face. I have requested that the Internal Affairs Unit open a case to look into the matter. Once that investigation is complete, a determination will be made regarding an appropriate course of action. The KPD cannot comment any further on pending IAU investigations.”

Knoxville Police Chief Eve Thomas

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie have each released statements condemning blackface.

I strongly condemn the use of black-face. It’s not a joke – it’s racist, offensive and inappropriate. Police Chief Eve Thomas has initiated an Internal Affairs Unit investigation into the officers in question. It is underway and will proceed as expeditiously as possible. Appropriate action will be taken based on its findings, and we will share those findings publicly when complete.”

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon

The use of black-face is offensive and unacceptable behavior. I am glad that Mayor Kincannon and Chief Thomas are taking this seriously, and I look forward to hearing the findings of the investigation.”

Knoxville Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie


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