Apparently, a Trump-supporting police officer felt that sharing a meme on his Facebook page encouraging parents to drown their daughter if her first crush is a, and this is a direct quote, “little negro boy.” His action has now cost him his job despite his assertion that “it isn’t against the law” to “share stuff” on social media.
okay then wayne pic.twitter.com/pdoe7hbaFE
— John Cullen 💬 (@nellucnhoj) August 1, 2017
The meme we are discussing shows a “white woman holding a white child’s head underwater in a bathtub with a caption that indicates this is ‘what you do’ when your daughter’s ‘first crush’ is an African American child” (If you want to see the meme, it is available by clicking in below):
Cops: "You shouldn't fear us if you haven't done anything wrong."
Also cops: pic.twitter.com/3Ie84hhEcg
— Black Aziz Ansari 👏 (@Freeyourmindkid) August 1, 2017
Again, we meet to point at which having free speech does not protect you from the consequences of that speech. You can say what you wish, but be prepared to own those words in very uncomfortable ways, especially if you are in a position of authority.
He deleted that one, but this one's still up. Guy's a real shitbag. pic.twitter.com/GiLAPWPhXZ
— Dez (@dezanutes) August 1, 2017
His social media presence also indicates that he supports Trump. No one is surprised.
According to KATC.com:
An officer with the Estherwood police department is scheduled to resign tonight after making an[sic] controversial post on Facebook.
Chief Ernest Villejoin Sr says he had a conversation with the officer this morning by phone.
He says even though the officer says it was a mistake he will not tolerate this type of behavior.
The chief apologizes for the actions of his officer. The officer is expected to turn in his resignation later this evening.
“Accident” or not, illegal or not, the presence of this meme on an officer’s timeline would be enough to call any interaction that he had with minorities into question. It is enough to cause someone to question his judgment to start with, but as a police officer, it is more than that. It means that anyone he sees in a “mixed” marriage or relationship could be treated differently by him because of his own prejudice.
His posts apologizing, or something close to an apology, anyway, leave a lot to be desired:
“Well, I posted something on Facebook that made a lot of people mad,” he wrote. “Well, I’m sorry for what happen. Ya have a blessed day.”
Welsh also reportedly posted about the “race card” and how people want to say he’s a “bad guy,” according to KATC.
“I shared somebody else’s posts and everybody mad at me again,” he wrote. “So Facebook police mad at me.”
None of that shows that he understands the gravity of the situation, at all, so it is probably for the best that he is resigning.
Featured image via Twitter, altered