Citizens all across the country have been and continue to ride the social media wave, sharing personal information about themselves along with their thoughts and perception of things on various social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, etc.). While there is nothing wrong with posting an updated photo, sharing a trending story, or writing a comment to a friend or loved one, there may be an issue when the comment, photo, etc. being shared is racist in nature and is posted by a law enforcement officer. Although we all are aware that police are people too, they, just like teachers, doctors, and other professionals, have a certain standard to uphold, whether they are on duty or off.
So, what can we learn from the various social media accounts that belong to police officers in FL?
Aside from their name, place of employment, and hobbies, a police officer’s social media account may also provide insight into how he or she conducts themselves on and off duty.
In fact, some officers in Arizona, Florida, Missouri, etc. have all been recognized for the racist and violent posts they shared on social media which has led to many worrying whether the behavior and attitude that is displayed online is the same that is displayed while they are performing their duties. Keran News shared some of the disturbing content that was recovered including a post from a sergeant in Philadelphia that shared a comment regarding a young male suspect. The sergeant wrote, “he should be taken out back and put down like the rabid animal he is.” Another sergeant posted a meme that stated, “Death to Islam.”
After the outlandish posts were recognized, many agencies began looking into the posts and taking disciplinary action when needed.
How can a disturbing post submitted by a Florida police officer be used to help a victim of police brutality?
Police misconduct is often overlooked, especially when it involves officers who have managed to uphold a respectable reputation on the force. However, given the content they share across their social media accounts, it could show their true colors and the types of behavior they display when they come in contact with citizens in their community. For example, one woman who was repeatedly punched in the face by an officer of the law claimed she was going to use a post from 2014 submitted by that same officer “as an exhibit in a federal lawsuit [that alleged] he used excessive force.”
The fact is, when police officers make an arrest with the intent to get an individual convicted of a crime, most try and paint a negative picture of this person using any evidence they can. And that is the same thing a victim of police brutality can do with certain content obtained from an officer’s social media account. So, if you were assaulted, harassed, or mistreated in any way by a police officer in Fort Lauderdale, FL and would like a police brutality lawyer to help you recognize this person for the crimes he or she committed, contact The Law Offices Michael D. Weinstein, PA.
You can reach The Law Offices Michael D. Weinstein, PA at:
12 Southeast 7th Street, Suite 713
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301