MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Regional One has fired the DeSoto County man whose picture went viral after he was photographed at a polling station Tuesday wearing a t-shirt that said “Mississippi Justice” with a Confederate flag and noose.
People online identified the man in the picture as Clayton John Hickey, a former Memphis Police Officer who resigned after being arrested when he was caught with open alcohol and a 17-year-old girl. Currently Hickey has his EMT license.
The following statement was sent to Local 24 News by Regional One Health:
Regional One Health is committed to a safe, secure, and comfortable work environment for our patients, guests, employees and medical staff. All allegations of inappropriate behavior and violations of trust involving employees are reviewed and investigated. We take this process seriously and are committed to following all necessary steps to verify the truth.
On November 7, 2018, we became aware of a photo circulating on social media of an individual identified online as an employee of Regional One Health. The Regional One Health legal and human resources teams promptly began an investigation into this employee and to determine if these allegations were real and accurate.
We understand and appreciate the intense feelings related to this situation, but it is our duty to perform a thorough due diligence to verify the truth.
As of today, November 8, 2018, we have completed our investigation and what we learned led to the termination of the employee in question. Regional One Health holds employees to a high standard. We are committed to upholding our mission to provide compassionate care and exceptional services to all. This includes fostering a safe and protected work and care environment for all. Behaviors contrary to these principles are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
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