Police officer fired after saying racial slur on social media
A Pennsylvania police officer has been fired from her job after writing a racial slur on Snapchat.
The officer, Melissa Adamson, was part-time and in training. A photo she posted was captioned, "I'm the law today n____."
Adamson was then terminated from her job at the McKeesport, Pennsylvania police department. She then resigned from her other part-time officer job in Versailles.
The uniform Adamson is wearing in the photo is from the Pitcairn Police Department, where she worked several months ago. Apparently, the photo was from when she was still working there.
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Pitcairn Police Chief Scott Farally spoke to local news station WTAE about the photo. "The picture itself is symbolic. It's non-gesture verbal communication. It's guaranteed under the First Amendment," Farally said. "However, it's the content within that picture that bothers me."
Adamson herself spoke to WTAE about the incident. She assures that she is not a racist: "Everyone that knows me knows I don't have a racist bone in my body."
She continued, "And people who don't know me, I can understand why it was misconstrued to where it looks racist. But like I said, everyone who knows me knows I'm not racist."
Adamson assured that she would not do anything like this again. "It was a stupid mistake. It shouldn't have been posted in general, regardless of how my intentions were."
Adamson's behavior is called unacceptable, and the office assured that she was fired. The post said, "She has been relieved of her duties, and her employment has been terminated."