So a police officer in America can now get fired for saying law enforcement officers will go after Black Lives Matter activists who commit violent crimes! What a country we live in today!
According to the Mercury News, Officer Phillip White was fired from the San Jose Police Department for a series of tweets directed at the radical BLM activists:
White’s most inflammatory tweets, during a heated back-and-forth with other users critical of his string of comments criticizing Black Lives Matter demonstrations, included: “Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you. #CopsLivesMatter” and “By the way, if anyone feels they can’t breathe or their lives matter, I’ll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun.”
White made is comments in late 2014 and it appears as though the San Jose Police Department has realized it made a mistake in firing the officer as he is now back on the job:
The firing of Officer Phillip White over tweets criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement that devolved into tacit threats of gun violence — and drew national scorn to the San Jose Police Department — was hailed by civic leaders as necessary to reassure minority communities they could trust police.
But news this week that White has returned to the force, after an arbitrator ordered his reinstatement, has left many wondering: How did he get his job back?
The short answer is White convinced an independent arbitrator that while his actions constituted misconduct worthy of punishment, termination was too harsh in light of his length of service, lack of any prior discipline and the tweets being in response to a perceived threat to his family.
“That’s where the department missed the boat. They did not give enough thought to the context of the messaging and his unblemished record,” said Michael Rains, White’s attorney.
Even though Officer White has returned to the force are you as outraged as I am that he was even fired in the first place? Share your comments below!