Sunday, 20 November 2016

Alabama Police officer sacked over racist meme Facebook post on Michelle Obama

A police officer in Alabama, Joel Husk  has been fired after sharing what many consider to be racist memes about Michelle Obama, on his personal Facebook page. He was sacked from the police force on Wednesday for a Facebook post.

Husk shared a meme on his page showing pictures of Melania Trump with the words, 'Fluent in Slovenian, English, French, Serbian and German' and another photo of Michelle Obama with the words 'Fluent in Ghetto.'

Another post Husk, 37, shared showed a photo from the Facebook group 'Last American Patriots'.

That post showed bodies lying on an apparent battlefield with the caption, 'Over 620,000 white people died to free black slaves and still to this day not even 1 thank you,' according to Bryant.

Bryant stated that the two posts violated a long-standing policy of the police department, the city of Talladega's code of conduct and their social media policy. 

'We will not tolerate that kind of conduct by any employees. We take very seriously our responsibility to treat everyone equally and equitably.  We have to make sure we take steps for the community to trust us.' 

He told The Washington Post that the statements Husk posted are 'deemed to be biased or racially insensitive or derogatory can affect the community's trust in the police department and, when that happens, we have to take action to correct it.'' 

He added that 'As public employees, and especially law enforcement officers, we have a standard of excellence to uphold.' 

Husk, who had worked with the department for about two and a half years, could not be reached for comment.   

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