Florida police officer fired after posts supporting Capitol riot, mocking

Florida police officer fired after posts supporting Capitol riot, mocking

A Florida police officer was fired earlier this month after a citizen reported him for posting politically charged and racist memes and musings on social media.

The Kissimmee Police Division says it verified 30 screenshots of Fb posts made by Officer Andrew Johnson in assist of Capitol riots and Trump and disparaging the Black Lives Matter motion.

Johnson’s Fb web page seems to have been deleted, however in line with screenshots of the posts the division stated it verified, he additionally shared his views on abortion, gun rights and athletes kneeling throughout the Nationwide Anthem.

In obvious response to the riot on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, Johnson wrote: “The silent majority will rise!! Day one of many Revolutionary Conflict!! Cling on, it’s solely simply begun.”

Johnson’s cowl photograph was, for a time, a Trump 2020 brand. He additionally expressed that he doubted the veracity of the 2020 election outcomes.

In a single put up, Johnson shared a meme on his Fb web page with the phrases “BLM Activists in Wisconsin paint avenue mural in assist of Jacob Blake,” emblazoned subsequent to a photograph of a handicapped parking spot.

Blake, a Black man, was shot seven instances at shut vary as he walked away from a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer. The capturing paralyzed Blake under the waist, in line with his household.

In a single put up, Johnson wrote or reposted: “I am promoting my white privilege card … it hasn’t completed a rattling factor for me. No inheritance, no free school, no free meals, no free housing ect. I could even be prepared to do an excellent commerce for a race card. These appear far more helpful and far more broadly accepted.”

He was relieved of obligation Jan. 12 and terminated Jan. 14, in line with Samantha Scarp, a public data officer with the division.

“The posts he made don’t align with our core values right here,” Scarp stated.

A letter from Kissimmee Chief of Police Jeffrey O’Dell knowledgeable Johnson that since he was a probationary officer, he would not be entitled to attraction his termination. Scarp stated officers’ probationary interval is one 12 months, and Johnson had began working on the division in March.

A involved citizen had reported Johnson to the division in an electronic mail, which was shared with NBC Information.

“This officer is a really large drawback. Not solely is he a really large supporter of what occurred lately in DC, however as you may see by the connected screenshots has posted some very inappropriate issues additional time, and in having conversations head to head with this man, has stated some massively regarding issues as nicely,” the e-mail stated.

“I consider he’s incapable of doing his job with out bias which as everyone knows is an enormous drawback for police on this nation,” the citizen added.

The union that represents Kissimmee police didn’t instantly reply to request for remark. Efforts to succeed in Johnson weren’t profitable.

Scarp stated the division investigation didn’t reveal some other Kissimmee officers had engaged with Johnson’s posts.

Elisha Fieldstadt

Elisha Fieldstadt is a breaking information reporter for NBC Information.

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