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South Dakota Law Enforcement Workers Disciplined For Social Media Posts

SIOUX FALLS, SD — A pair of people who work in South Dakota law enforcement have been punished for social media posts they made about the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the state attorney general’s office said a contractor is no longer working with the office after it learned of the contractor’s racist social media posts.

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Police Officer Put On Leave Over Alleged Social Media Post

WOODBURN, OR — A Woodburn police officer was put on leave after someone alerted the police department about a negative social media post allegedly made by the officer.

Law enforcement has not said anything about the post’s content nor the officer’s identity.

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As Captain Faces Discipline Over Tweet, Departments Still Grapple With Social Media Policies

SALEM, MA — Officials plan to conduct a disciplinary hearing Friday for the Salem police captain who they say used the department’s official Twitter account to post a political comment about protests after the death of George Floyd. 

Police Chief Mary Butler said late Tuesday the hearing for Capt. Kate Stephens has been scheduled for Friday. Stephens was interviewed Tuesday, she said. 

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Bloomingdale Cop Disciplined For Hitting ‘Like’ On Facebook Post About Shooting Rioters

BLOOMINGDALE, IL — A Bloomingdale police officer, who also is a DuPage County Board member, will be disciplined for “liking” a Facebook comment that talked about shooting rioters.

Sean Noonan has apologized for “liking” the comment, which a resident posted May 30 on Noonan’s personal Facebook page. He has since “unliked” the comment and removed the post.

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Hobart Cop Under Investigation For Racial Remarks On Facebook, Police Chief Says

HOBART, IN — A Hobart cop is under internal investigation for inflammatory social media comments regarding race, including police response times to black neighborhoods, the police chief confirmed.

Hobart Cpl. Matt Luke, a patrolman and 18-year veteran of the department, returned to work Wednesday after using accrued paid time off while the department reviewed the situation, Police Chief Rick Zormier told The Times on Wednesday. 

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Derby Fire Chief Under The Microscope For Facebook Comment

DERBY, CT — The city’s fire department chief has been put on leave as officials examine a comment he made on his personal Facebook page.

Chief Robert Laskowski was listening to a live police scanner June 1 at about 9 p.m. as police clashed with protesters in New York City.

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Texarkana Firefighter Suspended For 3 Months Without Pay After Posting ‘Racial Comments’ On Facebook

Texarkana, Texas — A Texarkana firefighter has been suspended for three months following an investigation by officials into ‘racial comments’ made on social media.

At the beginning of June, city officials were made aware of a post by an employee of the Texarkana Fire Department, which they say included racial charged statements, made on their personal Facebook account.

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HPD Officer Under Internal Investigation & Relieved Of Duty After Racist Social Media Rant

HOUSTON, TX — FOX 26 has learned a Houston police officer is under investigation for what some consider a racist rant on social media.

Sgt. Rob Clasen, a 25-year veteran with HPD wrote a lengthy Facebook post about why Blacks are in such bad condition.

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