A Colorado Springs police officer was suspended and lost nearly $2,000 in wages after he allegedly posted an inappropriate comment during a live social media broadcast, according to The Denver Post. The officer, who has been identified as Sgt. Keith Wrede, allegedly posted disturbing comments on a live stream of a Black Lives Matter demonstration that took place back in June. Wrede, who police believe used the pseudonym Steven Eric when posting, wrote “KILL THEM ALL.”
Wrede was also accused of sharing a photo on his Facebook page of the protest and referred to the Black Lives Matter organization as a “terrorist.” The source says that after the comments were brought to light, the Facebook page was deleted. In response to the disturbing content that was written on Wrede’s Facebook page, Police Chief Vince Niski wrote a letter to the community that said Wrede had been suspended for 40 hours and that he was removed from his specialized unit. Niski also stated that Wrede has been reassigned to a different position within the department.
In the letter, Niski also wrote, “We offer our organizational humility and a heartfelt apology to our entire community. Please make no mistake that I do not condone [Wrede’s] actions or attempt to minimize the severity of harm it has done in a time of rebuilding between law enforcement and the community.” Although the community demanded Wrede be fired for his behavior, Niski “pushed back on [these] calls” saying that Wrede has served his community for 20 years and the post was “an isolated incident of an error in judgment.”
A Police Officer’s Duty to Their Community
Police officers are just like anyone else. They have values and beliefs and are entitled to have an option on a particular matter. What police officers cannot do, however, is allow their viewpoints or beliefs to interfere with their policing. This means an officer should never pull over a vehicle because of a person’s race or religion nor should they let their feelings toward a particular race, group of people, etc. affect how they treat others.
If a Colorado police officer used your race, ethnicity, national origin, affiliation with a non-criminal group, sexual orientation, gender, religion, etc. as their basis for making contact with you that may or may not have resulted in a violent altercation, contact Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC today. The Colorado police misconduct lawyers at Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC can determine if legal action is warranted and if damages should be provided.
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