City Council issues statement on racism


February 2, 2022

Benny Westcott

Community members attend the Jan. 25 council meeting at City Hall.

Sweet Home's city councilors made a public statement against racism in the community at their Jan. 25 meeting.

The declaration stems from a Jan. 7 incident at a Sweet Home High School wrestling tournament featuring area schools.

A video from that evening subsequently posted to Facebook shows a Lebanon High School junior named Darius Freeman, who was participating in the tournament, in a cowboy hat among a group of students who had placed in the event. A man approaches the group, speaks and extends his hand. Freeman removes the hat, which the man takes and walks out of frame.

Freeman later...

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