Alabama city says it couldn't legally fire police after racist text scandal. They found a loophole instead.

The mayor of a small Alabama city said the city couldn't legally fire police officers 

after the city's three-member police department was engulfed in a scandal over racist texts

So the city is instead disbanding the department and laying off its officers

The city council for the city of Vincent unanimously voted to disband its three-member police department

 during a public meeting Thursday after authorities say one of the members of the department sent a text with a racist joke about slavery

Earlier in August, the city council voted to suspend the police chief and assistant police chief

The police department's third member resigned just hours before the city council vote

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