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A Louisana police officer was fired over a Facebook post suggesting that he thought it was “unfortunate” more black people have not died from the coronavirus, according to Fox News.
Kaplan Police Department Officer Steven Aucoin was dismissed on May 15.
He was fired as a result of making what was viewed as a racist comment on a local news station’s Facebook post.
The post was featuring live feed of Governer John Bel Edwards’ daily coronavirus press briefing.
“Virus that was created to kill all the blacks is death,” one user commented, according to screenshots of the thread viewed by KLFY.
“Well it didn’t work,” Aucoin wrote, before adding in a separate message: “How unfortunate.”
Kaplan Police Chief Joshua Hardy said Aucoin was fired following an investigation into the thread of comments.
“We’re held to a higher standard than normal civilians, so you got to watch what you do, you got to watch what you say. You can’t just go and post anything you want on social media,” Hardy said.
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“There were some comments that were further up that was not suitable for a police officer to put up on Facebook,” the chief added.
The Kaplan Police Department wrote an apolagetic Facebook post, saying, “We are writing this to inform everyone that we were made aware of the situation with the comments on Facebook from Steven Aucoin. Chief Hardy had the incident looked into and the officer was terminated. Chief Hardy and the Kaplan Police Department would like to apologize for this matter.”
“I applaud your swift and decisive action regarding this matter,” St. Martin Parish Councilman Craig Gregory, also a black pastor at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Branch, La., commented.
“Your willingness to serve notice on bigotry and ignorance is a genuine representation of redoubtable leadership that is necessary during these difficult times,” he continued beneath the police department’s post. “Blessings and it is my prayer that this individual’s actions will not be viewed as the only representation of your department’s ethics and commitment to the values of Law Enforcement.”
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Though the incident occurred two weeks ago, the local story resurfaced Wednesday in a report by NBC News.
The report came a day after protesters first took to the streets of Minneapolis after a video surfaced online showing a handcuffed 46-year-old George Floyd, who was black, being pinned to the ground by a white officer’s knee, while pleading that he couldn’t breathe. Floyd later died in custody.
Protesters, activists, celebrities and politicians around the country have called for the officers involved — four of whom have been fired from the police department — to be charged in his death.
The National Guard was called in Wednesday night as demonstrations in Minneapolis grew increasingly violent. Social media videos showed buildings on fire and looters carrying bags of items out of businesses. There was a fatal shooting at a pawn shop, where the owner fired at looters raiding the building.