Alabama police officer fired over racist Facebook post saying Michelle Obama is ‘fluent in ghetto’
- Joel Husk, 37, was terminated from the Talladega Police Department
- He shared a meme showing a photo of Michelle Obama with the words ‘Fluent in Ghetto’
- The same meme also showed a photo of Melania Trump with the words, ‘Fluent in Slovenian, English, French,Serbian and German’
- City Manager Patrick Bryant said his posts the city of Talladega’s code of conduct and their social media policy
- Husk had worked with the department for about two and a half years
Joel Husk, 37, was terminated on Wednesday from the Talladega Police Department
An Alabama police officer has been fired after sharing what many consider to be racist memes, including on about Michelle Obama, on his personal Facebook page.
Talladega Police Officer Joel Husk was terminated on Wednesday from the police department in the city, Talladega City Manager Patrick Bryant said.
Husk shared a meme on his page showing pictures of Melania Trump with the words, ‘Fluent in Slovenian, English, French,Serbian and German’ and another photo of Michelle Obama with the words ‘Fluent in Ghetto.’
Another post Husk, 37, shared showed a photo from the Facebook group ‘Last American Patriots’.
That post showed bodies lying on an apparent battlefield with the caption, ‘Over 620,000 white people died to free black slaves and still to this day not even 1 thank you,’ according to Bryant.
Husk was fired for sharing a racist meme (above) showing a photo of Michelle Obama with the words ‘Fluent in Ghetto’, as he violated the city’s code of conduct and the social media policy
Bryant stated that the two posts violated a long-standing policy of the police department, the city of Talladega’s code of conduct and their social media policy.
‘We will not tolerate that kind of conduct by any employees,’ Bryant told WBRC.
‘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.’
He told The Washington Post that the statements Husk posted are ‘deemed to be biased or racially insensitive or derogatory can affect the community’s trust in the police department and, when that happens, we have to take action to correct it.”
He added that ‘As public employees, and especially law enforcement officers, we have a standard of excellence to uphold.’
Husk, who had worked with the department for about two and a half years, could not be reached for comment.
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