Friday, July 3, 2015

Bryant's reappearing act

Bryant's reappearing act

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Latrice Bryant returns.

Okay, she never really left her job, with the exception of a few weeks vacation after creating a firestorm in City Council by holding up signs accusing TV reporter Jeff Cole of being a racist. But Latrice Bryant, aide to Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr., returned to a City Council meeting Thursday for the first time since that incident.

Bryant's reaction on Sept. 18 to a Fox 29 investigation into her work hours was one for the books: While Fox 29 cameras rolled during a Couincil session, she held up handwritten signs from her seat on the Council floor that compared Cole, who is white, to the Ku Klux Klan.

Goode later added fuel to the racist allegations by warning Cole not to "disrespect a black woman." Bryant later apologized for her actions, but still complained that she had been harassed by Fox, whose report inspired Goode to repay the city over $800 for hours Bryant was accused of not working.

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