TALLADEGA -- Talladega City Manager Patrick Bryant said Wednesday a police officer had been terminated after racist Facebook posts surfaced earlier this week.
A screen grab purportedly from the Facebook page of officer Joel Husk showed two posts, one from Last American Patriots and the other from Donald Trump, the Political Movement.
The former showed a black and white photograph of bodies strewn across a battlefield with the words “Over 620,000 white people died to free black slaves and still to this day not even 1 thank you.”
The latter showed pictures of first lady-elect Melania Trump and the caption “Fluent in Slovenian, English, French, Serbian and German,” next to first lady Michelle Obama and the caption “Fluent In Ghetto.”
These posts have either been taken down or are not visible to those who are not “friends” on the social networking site.
The Daily Home attempted to reach Husk for comment through Facebook but had not received a response as of Wednesday night.
Bryant said his decision to terminate the officer was based on a long-standing policy of the Talladega Police Department.
“We will not tolerate that kind of conduct by any employees,” he said. “We take very seriously our responsibility to treat everyone equally and equitably … We have to make sure we take steps for the community to trust us.
“For the police especially, they have to guarantee the rights of everyone, regardless of race, creed, gender, religion, etc. Any time someone makes a statement like that that is biased, insensitive or derogatory, that reflects negatively on the department and all agencies of the city.
“Our responsibility is to our residents, to provide service to everyone. That especially includes law enforcement. The community trust them to provide a vital service fairly. If a comment or post reflects a level of bias that says they cannot provide that service fairly, then we have to act.
“I can’t control the actions of every employee, but I can uphold the standards that make us all proud of what we do every day.”