PHOENIX (AP) — 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.
“I condemn the racists who disrupted Vice Mayor Goode’s funeral services. This is horrific and does not represent the values & commitment of our community. I am determined to continue Vice Mayor Goode’s fight,” Mayor Kate Gallego said on Twitter.
Gallego was speaking on Goode's legacy when a man was heard speaking over her about a half hour into the virtual service, KTAR-TV reported.
The Historic Tanner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church hosted the stream on its Facebook page, with family members, city officials and friends speaking through Zoom. It is unclear how the man gained access to the stream.
The church resumed the memorial in a new stream.
“Phoenix Police and the FBI are coordinating to investigate the disgusting attack on Vice Mayor Goode’s funeral service. We do not tolerate hate crimes,” Gallego said.
Goode died on Dec. 23 from an illness not related to COVID-19. He was 93.
Goode was the second Black councilmember for the city of Phoenix and the longest-tenured elected official in its history, serving on the Phoenix City Council from Jan. 2, 1972 until Jan. 3, 1994, including as vice mayor in 1974 and 1984.
“The hate act that occurred during the celebration of life for Vice Mayor Goode today was atrocious and unforgivable. Vice Mayor Goode was a civil rights icon in the community and in the history of the City of Phoenix. We must do better," Councilman Michael Nowakowski said in a statement.