Florida agent, 26, gets fired after her old Twitter account with ‘KKK member’ resurfaces in the bio – but claims her boyfriend wrote in 2015 and didn’t know what it meant
- Presley Garcia was fired by the University of South Florida Police Department
- The 26-year-old was placed on administrative leave last month after officials discovered her old Twitter account
- The profile, which has now been deleted, had ‘KKK member’ in her bio
- Garcia told investigators that a friend wrote in 2015 when she was 21
Presley Garcia was fired by the University of South Florida police last week
A University of South Florida police officer has been fired after officials discovered her old Twitter account, describing herself as a “member” of the KKK.
Presley Garcia, 26, was placed on administrative leave last month after a local news reporter came across the Twitter profile bearing her name and alerted police.
The account, which has now been deleted, revealed that Garcia had written ‘KKK member’ in her bio after creating the profile in 2015, The Tampa Bay Times reported.
Garcia had told investigators the account was hers, but claimed it was a friend who included the phrase in the biography.
She said she was 21 when it was written and, according to the report, did not know what it meant.
Garcia also said that at one point she tried to delete the account but instead just deleted the app on her phone.
Garcia was placed under investigation last month after officials were made aware of her old Twitter account with ‘KKK member’ in the bio. It has now been removed
Garcia, who joined the department in 2018, denied any affiliation with the racist organization, saying the bio was written by a friend in 2015.
Screenshots of the Twitter page showed that it was taken in November 2015 and had only 19 followers. The investigation showed that the account was only active until January 2016.
However, USF Police Chief Chris Daniel called for her termination in a letter to human resources, saying the Twitter account could potentially receive backlash from community members “ given the activities taking place at the local and national levels. ”
Daniel said it was “reasonable to expect protests and other demonstrations that could disrupt the operations of this department and endanger the safety of her colleagues,” the paper said.
Since the incident involving George Floyd, dissident community members have targeted law enforcement officials, their departments, their families and their homes, he added.
Garcia, who joined the police force in 2018, denied racist views or ties to the white supremacist group.
USF police made the decision to fire her, saying it could face possible backlash from members in the community for ongoing protests against racial injustice.
The investigation also confirmed she had no affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan and referred to a 2019 performance review that stated that Garcia was “ polite and treats equally all individuals she meets in the diverse community we serve. ”
Despite her seemingly clean track record, Daniel decided to end her by saying, “In the eyes of the public, one member’s actions are easily translatable to the entire organization.”
Garcia told the Tampa Bay Times that she was disappointed with the department’s decision, which she said was made only to avoid college controversies.
“There’s been talk of ‘Back the Blue,’ but no one was behind my back,” Garcia told the paper.
“It’s very painful that something from a long time ago that I didn’t even do has completely destroyed my career.
‘I would never be part of that group. I wasn’t raised that way, ”she said.
The USFPD confirmed that Garcia had no affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, but made the decision to fire her, saying that actions could harm the rest of the police.