Springfield IL Police Officer Aaron Nichols Resigns After Racist Posts

A Springfield police officer who was placed on unpaid leave last week after allegedly posting racist and anti-Semitic posts on social media using an online profile resigned on Tuesday.

Aaron Paul Nichols submitted his resignation shortly before an internal affairs meeting was scheduled, an SPD press release stated.

Nichols’ resignation took effect immediately.

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Nichols, a patrol officer for nearly 18 years, had a salary of $85,320. Nichols mainly patrolled the west and southwest sides of the city.

Nichols retired from the Illinois Air National Guard eight years ago, where he served as a technical sergeant.

On Thursday, an article was published by the Anonymous Comrades Collective that cited tweets allegedly linked to Nichols.

Earlier, more than three dozen Illinois lawmakers demanded that the SPD fully address the officer’s “disturbing allegations of hateful activity.”

State Senator Doris Turner, D-Springfield, said in a statement that the posts were “shocking and disgusting.”

Aaron Paul Nicholas

“(The comments) are an affront to our great community and the remarkable men and women of the police department who serve it,” added Turner. “I believe there needs to be a full and independent investigation of this former officer and his conduct. But I want to thank the department for acting quickly and I look forward to being a resource as we move forward together as a community.”

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