‘They hate my uniform, they don’t care if I die’: New Jersey female cop is fired for calling BLM protesters ‘terrorists’ in a Facebook post and her colleague is demoted for ‘liking’ it
- Hopewell Township, New Jersey, Patrol Officer Sara Erwin was fired and Sergeant Mandy Gray is suspended and demoted
- Erwin posted a status update to Facebook in June 2020, calling BLM protesters “ terrorists, ” and Gray endorsed her post
- Both Erwin and Gray have been employed for over 20 years and their attorney says neither has ever taken disciplinary action
- Erwin and Gray’s attorney has filed an appeal demanding that the charges against them be dismissed
A New Jersey city has fired a veteran police officer and will suspend and demote a sergeant via a Facebook post calling Black Lives Matter protesters “terrorists” who hate police.
Hopewell Township’s committee voted unanimously on Friday to fire police officer Sara Erwin and punish Sergeant Mandy Gray.
Both women have been decorated civil servants for more than twenty years, and neither has a “disciplinary history,” said their attorney, Frank Crivelli.
Hopewell Township, New Jersey, patrol officer Sara Erwin (left) is fired and Sergeant Mandy Gray (right) is suspended and demoted over an anti-BLM Facebook post
Erwin posted this status update to Facebook in June 2020, saying Black Lives Matter protesters were “ terrorists ” who hate her and her uniform and don’t care if she dies.
Gray, who was the first woman to be hired as a police officer in Hopewell Township and the first to be appointed a sergeant in 2019, will be placed on leave and downgraded in rank. NJ.com.
Crivelli appealed to the New Jersey Superior Court on Monday, arguing that the disciplinary action against his clients was “unjustified” and “excessively harsh.”
Erwin, who has served as a patrol officer in Hopewell since 2001, on June 8, 2020, wrote a status update on her Facebook page that read, in part, “ Last night when I went to work, my two kids weren’t crying for me. going to work. I don’t think I’ve ever felt the way I did last night. And then I looked at people I know and others I care about who would be in danger. I like my police family like mine.
So if you share posts and stuff on Facebook I would really appreciate it if you THINK before doing that. I’ve seen so many black lives that matter [sic] hashtags in these posts. Just to let you know, they are terrorists. They hate me. They hate my uniform. They don’t care if I die. ‘
Gray was one of several people to vote in favor of Erwin’s post, which was posted during the height of the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality and systemic racism that engulfed the US after the murder of George Floyd by the former Minneapolis police officer. , Derek Chauvin. .
Erwin, who has been with the police force since 2001, has been charged with a whole series of offenses committed by the department and the city. A hearing officer recommended her firing in February
The anti-BLM status update sparked protests in Hopewell Township, inspired the drafting of a petition with hundreds of signatures demanding that the local police be disbanded, and prompted Hopewell’s then-Police Chief Lance Maloney to issue a public apology. bring.
“As we continue to investigate a recent Facebook post, you should know that I am sorry this incident hurt our community,” Maloney said in late June. “We understand that we have a duty to ensure that our agents conduct police in a fair and impartial manner.”
Gray, who was the first woman to be hired as a police officer in Hopewell Township and the first to be appointed a sergeant in 2019, will be placed on leave and downgraded in rank.
In July, Erwin was charged with violating multiple department policies, including standards of conduct; violating the municipality’s social media policy, public employment and ‘the implicit standard of good behavior’.
Erwin was initially placed on administrative leave, along with the other officers, policemen and officials who ‘liked’ her post.
Erwin ultimately pleaded not guilty to all charges against her and demanded a hearing, which was held in October.
A hearing officer appointed by the township in February recommended that Erwin be terminated, and on April 21, the Township Committee accepted that recommendation, resulting in her resignation on Friday.
According to the appeal filed by Erwin’s attorney, she alleges that the charges against her have not been proven and that she wants them dismissed.
Erwin also wants the Superior Court to force the council to repay her salary and benefits, along with all of her legal costs.