Cleveland City Council declines to censure member

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) -- The Cleveland City Council has declined to discipline a council member over remarks that two witnesses said were racial slurs.

Councilman Charlie McKenzie has not confirmed nor denied making the remarks during performance of his duties as an employee of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office. Two deputies gave written accounts of statements they deemed racially offensive.

The Cleveland Daily Banner reported two nonbinding resolutions were voted on Monday night -- one to censure McKenzie and the other to request his resignation from the council. The vote on both was 3-3.

Outside the municipal building, McKenzie told the Rev. Teresa Oglesby of Price Memorial Zion AME Church he was sorry if he offended anyone. But he also said he couldn't remember what he said six weeks ago

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