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Warren city official stepping down after anti-Muslim social media post

Posted at 9:43 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 23:13:00-04

A Warren city official has turned in her resignation papers after making anti-Muslim posts on social media.  

She says she wasn’t talking about Muslims, but terrorists and sparked a nerve with a local Muslim civil liberties organization.

The Council on American Islamic Relations or CAIR, say's they wanted Warren Mayor Jim Fouts to remove the city official immediately after she made anti-Muslim comments.

"She expressed immediate embarrassment and remorse," said Mayor Fouts. "She recognized the error of her ways, she said I’m going to resign, I apologize I did not mean all Muslims, I was referring to terrorists."

CAIR was informed about the comments and took action.

"In the city of Warren the Muslim community is growing. So this woman and her comments she made about Islam and Muslims, she’s really talking about her neighbors," said Dawud Walid, with CAIR.

In one post, Kozlowski writes "Islam is Hate", in another writing "Get them out of our Country, they are so insulting."

We went to her home in Warren for comment, but were met with a barking dog and no one answering the door.

"We want government officials who appoint people into positions in office, is that they do proper vetting and proper screening, including looking at peoples views or comments on Facebook," said Walid. 

Kozlowski handed in her resignation to Mayor Fouts saying in part: "I apologize for offending anyone, including Muslims. My post was referring to terrorists NOT Muslims."

The letter goes on to say, "I was wrong and as a result I am resigning."

"I think we resolved the situation and we’ll move forward," said Fouts. 

Mayor Fouts says he is going to be working on sensitivity training for all of their boards and commissioners so something that this doesn’t happen again.