Social media posts have been known to get people in hot water, from celebrities to politicians, and even cops have ruined their careers over 140 characters or a 7 second Snapchat. Former police officer Melissa Adamson learned this lesson the hard way.
The photo, which featured the caption, “I’m the law today n***a,” came to the attention of higher-ups in the police department, and she was promptly fired.
Adamson uploaded the photo while she was still in probationary training, so it was a no-brainer to let her go. Posting a photo with a racial slur shows a serious lack of judgment, which is not a quality any of us want to see in law enforcement officials.
4. What You Post On Snapchat Doesn't Always Stay On Snapchat
Adamson claims to have sent the snapchat to some of her friends on her first day on the job — her first day! According to Adamson, another cop posted the controversial photo to Facebook after a feud with Adamson.
“An altercation happened between me and a former police officer,” Adamson said, “And he’s bringing up his dirt, ruining my career, which has been done.”
Mayor Michael Cherepko of McKeesport, where Adamson had just started training for the local department, issued a statement saying, “This post displays a degree of conduct and character that is far different from what I would expect from an officer in this city. It is absolutely unacceptable.”
7. Police Chief: 'We Have More Integrity Than That'
Adamson did publicly apologize for using the slur, saying, “I’m sorry for who I did offend. It was not my intention. I can’t express how sorry I am for how I made you feel — emotionally, physically. Again, it wasn’t my intention.”
The apology may seem sincere, and she may not, in fact, be racist, but it won’t help Adamson get her job back. Her former boss, Police Chief Scott Farally, said, "I am actually saddened on that. We have more integrity than that in this department."
8. More Cops Losing Their Jobs Because Of Social Media Posts
Adamson wasn’t the first officer to lose her job over an offensive, insensitive social media post. Just last month, North Carolina police officer Ricky Soles was fired because of the above Facebook post. Soles insisted that the post was about criminals in general and not about one specific race, but it’s pretty obvious to anybody who reads it that the post is actually flagrantly racist.
Here's the bad news — there are racist, discriminatory cops out there, as is evidenced by some of these social media posts. But here's the good news — these cops' words and actions have been condemned, setting a very public example that offensive, racist posts will not be tolerated. Hopefully, we'll start hearing less about racial slurs and police brutality and more about heart-warming hugs like this one.