Reports, body cam video contradict ex-social worker’s claims

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Police reports and body cam video from two police officers are raising new questions about the ex-social worker who says she was fired because she has a concealed carry permit.

The reports and video were obtained by WFXR News through a Freedom of Information Act Request.

The video shows officers talking with a supervisor before Chelsea Storm Durham was terminated last week.

The supervisor can be heard in the video saying the employee “tends to be quite dramatic in the past, she has not liked what a person in the agency said.”

The conversations recorded by the body cameras are difficult to hear, but a concealed carry permit did come up in the conversation.

Police reports obtained by WFXR News also said Durham was contacted by police after she was fired.

On her social media post that went viral about being fired, someone posted a comment that said “Shoot the f***ing place up!”

When questioned about the post, the report said Durham told the officers that she was “not a violent person” and that “she was taking this more on the approach to the media to get it known and through legal means.”

The police report also said “Ms. Durham has been on social media encouraging others to protest against social services telling people that she was terminated because of having a concealed weapons permit which was not the accurate cause of termination.”

Officers also tracked down the man who made the concerning post; the report said the man was apologetic and quickly deleted the post.

“It was all really just bad internet humor and realized after the reactions he got our of it he took it down shortly after posting it,” the officer wrote in the report.

WFXR News is not identifying the man who made the post because he is not facing criminal charges.

Durham did not respond to phone calls seeking comment Thursday evening.

City officials released a statement about the claims going viral over the weekend.

“A former employee of the City of Roanoke recently posted via social media assertions regarding the basis of her dismissal from City employment. Her posting has also been reported in other media. The City does not publicly comment on specific personnel matters. In light of these assertions, however, it is important to note that the City of Roanoke respects the Constitutional rights of its citizens and that the dismissal in question was not based upon anyone’s exercise of such rights,” the statement said.

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