A member of a Texas city council resigned under fire this week over a social media response he made to a protest of the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck even after he stopped moving and pleading for air.
Paris City Council member Benny Plata submitted his resignation Tuesday at a special meeting.
Mayor Steve Clifford called the meeting to censure Plata after the council member messaged a protester, “Why don’t you leave America if it’s so bad,” The Paris News reported. Clifford also said Plata should resign.
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“Our nation is in turmoil over the death of Mr. George Floyd and also due to the pandemic,” the mayor said on Facebook. “Our leaders have a special responsibility to the citizens during this difficult time.”
Speaking at the emergency meeting, Plata said, “I really care about the city I serve, and I was responding to one person berating America.”
Plata had been on the council since May 11 after his unopposed election.
Paris is a city of about 25,000 residents, 90 miles northeast of Dallas near the border with Oklahoma.