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Coronado City Official Placed on Leave After ‘Go Back to China’ Statement

A city official from Coronado, San Diego, has been placed on administrative leave after a video alleging he and his wife made racist comments towards Asians surfaced, FOX 5 San Diego reports. His wife has been fired from her job at a private school.

On January 30, a TikTok claiming that Roger Miller, Coronado’s Director of Recreation & Golf Services, and his wife made racist remarks towards Asians went viral, Coronado Times reports.

The video was taken Saturday, January 29. It was posted by TikTok users @warmsocks01. The original poster deleted the TikTok but not before it had been screen-recorded and shared by others.

“This racist couple started out calling us racial slurs out of nowhere and blamed Asians for starting COVID,” the caption of the video reads. “They continued to say racist comments loudly for us to hear, so we confronted them.”  

The initial racist comments were not captured on camera. However, the woman in the video can later be heard saying, “I love that we are not in their country. I love that we are not communism. I love that very much.”

“America is a free country. Go back to China,” she later tells the person filming the video.

Users on social media later identified the couple in the video as the Millers. Coronado City Manager Tina Friend announced in a statement that Roger had been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation:

“We acted immediately, and the person involved has been placed on administrative leave pending an independent, full and fair investigation,” Friend said, according to CBS 8.

“Our City’s culture and values are core to who we are and that culture is based on professionalism, service and respect. We take matters such as this extremely seriously and the City has zero tolerance for all forms of discrimination.”

Roger’s wife Sandra has also been fired from her job at a private school in Riverside County.

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