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Michigan official to resign after defending racist slur

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Published: Aug. 8, 2020 at 10:30 AM EDT
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - An official in a northern Michigan county says another official who acknowledged using a racist slur plans to resign.

Tom Eckerle is a member of the Leelanau County Road Commission. A local newspaper quoted him this week as using a racist slur to describe Black residents of Detroit, whom he allegedly blamed for spreading the coronavirus.

County Administrator Chet Janik tells The Associated Press that Eckerle will submit a letter of resignation Monday. The Traverse City Record-Eagle says Eckerle informed the newspaper of his intention to quit. He didn’t return a call from the AP. In an interview earlier Friday, he defended his use of the slur and said he wasn’t a racist.

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8/7/2020 10:24:23 PM (GMT -4:00)

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