Local official defends use of racial slur - WNEM TV 5

Local official defends use of racial slur

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Buena Vista Township Clerk Gloria Platko Buena Vista Township Clerk Gloria Platko
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Buena Vista Township Clerk Gloria Platko is drawing sharp criticism for using a racial slur toward her co-worker and Buena Vista Township Supervisor Dwayne Parker.

"I'm appalled," said Parker during a brief telephone interview.

Platko isn't exactly backing down from using the racial slur during a telephone conversation that was recorded back in January.

Platko said she was not aware that the conversation was recorded.

During a township meeting, Interim Manager Dexter Mitchell asked for a closed chamber meeting because he wanted to play the recording for other township officials.

Ironically, it was Platko who refused - citing a violation of township bylaws as her reason. She insisted that whatever was on the recording needed to be heard by everyone in attendance.

In retrospect, Platko offered an apology but said she offended anyone except for Parker.

"Now that I looked at the tape ... I didn't say anything that wasn't the truth," Platko claimed.

Mitchell, who recorded the call, did not return any phone calls.

Parker refused to discuss the matter in depth, but did say he intends on holding a press conference to address the racial slur.

Platko believes Parker and Mitchell are "setting her up" in order to hide their own wrong doings within the township.

As TV5 previously reported, Parker was at the center of an investigation for improper use of a township credit card. Then prosecutor Mike Thomas decided not to charge Parker, but as a stipulation ordered him to pay back all charges.

Both Parker and Mitchell have called for Platko's resignation, but at least for now she isn't backing down.

"That's all you can do, I am going to focus on gaining back the respect I lost," Platko said.

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