Let’s face it, jobs and social media misdeeds don’t mix. This tends to be especially true for public servants.
This story starts with a post by Bishop Talbert Swan, president of the Springfield, Massachusetts chapter of the NAACP. In the post, Swan was comparing the Bill Cosby trial to past sexual assault allegations made against President Trump. Someone identifying himself “Woden Muninn” posted a meme that, at the top, read “We Wuz Kangz” (a play on the word “we were kings”, a notion that African Americans have a lineage that predates slavery and, as such, some are descended from royalty). At the bottom, the meme read “No you were (expletive) washers”. The expletive in question referred to male genitalia. The picture in the meme depicted black servants washing the genitalia of white men.
According to Bishop Swan, trolls are nothing new. However, in looking into this person’s profile, something led him to believe this person was a police officer from Utah. Swan contacted 8 police agencies to find out if this person might be employed by any of them. When the request landed on the desk of Layton City Attorney Gary Crane, he immediately acted upon it. A brief investigation let him to one of their officers. When confronted about it, the unnamed officer quickly owned up to being their person behind the Facebook profile.
The officer was “suspended immediately”, pending a hearing in front on city attorneys, the police chief and other city officials. However, rather than face disciplinary action, the officer resigned.
Bishop Swan credited the city of Layton for its swift action but said that he wished they had publicly identified the officer. Swan fears that the officer may just find a job with another police agency.
Gary Crane offered this statement on the officer’s departure:
“In our opinion he’s a good officer who made a mistake. The mistake, unfortunately in this situation, became a national incident. It looks like [the meme was posted] in the heat of the conversation, between two individuals. Nonetheless, Layton has a standard.”
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