Racist Slurs Interrupt Funeral For Phoenix Civil Rights Icon

Jan 12, 2021

An online memorial service for civil rights icon and city leader Calvin Coolidge Goode was interrupted Tuesday morning by a man who repeatedly yelled racist slurs.

Members of the Phoenix Police Department stand vigil during the open casket viewing of former Phoenix Vice Mayor and city councilman Calvin C. Goode at the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building in Phoenix, Ariz. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Goode died on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. He was 93.
Credit AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey

KTAR-TV reported that Mayor Kate Gallego was speaking on Goode’s legacy when a man was heard speaking over her about a half hour into the virtual service. The Historic Tanner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church hosted the stream on its Facebook page, with the participants speaking through Zoom. It is unclear how the man gained access to the stream. Gallego took to Twitter to condemn the interruption and said the FBI is investigating as a hate crime. Goode died on Dec. 23. He was 93.