First Thursday, July 2020

Covered in this month’s podcast: Labor and employment issues coming out of the pandemic (00:00:43) The police reform movement (00:03:56) Brady Does Not Allow Employer To Fire Officer Without Providing Reasons, Borough of Gettysburg v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 776, 2020 WL 3022985 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2020) (00:15:01) Contract’s Wage Provisions Not Constitutionally Protected, Sullivan […]

Grant County Sheriff’s Employee Faces Disciplinary Action After Racially Offensive Posts

GRANT COUNTY, IN — The Grant County sheriff is considering disciplinary action of a nearly 20-year employee who posted racially offensive Facebook posts that prompted angry phone calls and emails to the department.  The posts by employee Debra Wallen appeared on Facebook amid a nationwide movement over racial injustice and police brutality. “Can I still separate […]

Hoover Police Department Fires Officer For Facebook Post On Atlanta Protester

HOOVER, AL — The Hoover Police Department has fired an officer over a comment he made on a Facebook post involving an armed protester in Atlanta. The officer, Ryan Snow, posted a picture of the armed protester as if he were in the crosshairs of a rifle scope. The post was in response to an Atlanta […]

Embattled Deputy Retires From Sheriff’s Office

VIGO COUNTY, IN — A longtime deputy enmeshed in turmoil over his personal Facebook posts has turned in his retirement papers at the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Mike Anderson submitted his retirement paperwork this morning, Vigo County Sheriff John Plasse said. The Tribune-Star reached Anderson by phone this afternoon, and he declined to comment. […]

4 California Officers On Leave Amid Probe Of Racist Posts

SAN JOSE, CA — Four police officers in Northern California have been placed on administrative leave while officials investigate a Facebook group in which members made bigoted and anti-Muslim comments. The Facebook posts linked to a group of retired and active San Jose police officers were revealed Friday in an article posted on Medium.com, leading […]

Charlotte County Firefighter Resigns Following Facebook Posts

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL — A longtime Charlotte County Fire/EMS employee resigned Friday after county administrators began examining some of his social media posts. Don Morley, 60, was under investigation following a complaint to county administration that some of his posts on Facebook were racist. His personal Facebook page, which was deleted Thursday afternoon, showed him […]

Former Deputy Apologizes For Harsh Facebook Comments

BRADLEY COUNTY, TN — A Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputy who resigned on June 19 after publishing a controversial post on his personal social media page has published another posting to clarify confusion regarding the matter. In what he described as a letter, Robert Suits II, the former deputy, said he was writing to “clarify […]

Marysville Police Officer Disciplined After Sharing Racially Insensitive Facebook Post

MARYSVILLE, MI — A Marysville police officer was disciplined Friday after sharing a racially offensive Facebook post earlier this month, according to Tom Konik, the city’s public safety chief. The post, which shows a meme of an overweight Black woman wearing an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt above an image of a Will Ferrell character and […]

Louisville Police Launch Investigation Into Officer Over Facebook Post About Protests

LOUISVILLE, KY — The Louisville Metro Police Department has initiated an investigation after an officer made a Facebook post regarding a protest in Prospect Wednesday evening. LMPD Maj. Micah Scheu posted in the Hillcrest Neighborhood Facebook page about a Wednesday night protest caravan in Prospect, saying the group “looted and cleared out the Chevron at River […]

Georgia Police Officer Fired After Facebook Post About ‘Privilege’ Sparks Controversy

SAVANNAH, GA — A Georgia police officer is out of a job after critics called one of his Facebook posts racist. SPD fires officer over controversial Facebook post https://t.co/sjt1s1SS4S — WSAV News 3 (@WSAV) June 25, 2020 According to WSAV-TV, the Savannah Police Department fired Officer Edwin Myrick on Monday, saying he violated department rules prohibiting […]

Cleveland Dispatcher Accused Of Calling Black Lives Matter ‘Terrorist Organization’ On Facebook, As Police Complaints Double In June

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Civilian complaints against Cleveland police officers and employees have doubled so far in June, including one complaint against a dispatcher accused of calling the Black Lives Matter activist group “a terrorists organization” in a Facebook post. The increase in complaints coincides with widespread protests, pushing to end police violence against Black residents after a […]