Linsey Davenport

Racial tensions continue to stir in the city of Jasper after two white Jasper Police Department officers were fired Monday, June 3, after using excessive force against Keyarika “Shea”


Former Chief of Police Rodney Pearson is suing the City of Jasper, citing “conspiracy of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.” The lawsuit includes civil action against Mayor James M. Tout, Rayburn Broadcasting, Debbie Foster and Joe Whitener.

Foster is the mayor’s longtime girlfriend and an employee of his radio station, and Whitener is personnel director for the city of Jasper.