A New Jersey township has officially handed a local police officer a pink slip after he described Black Lives Matter protesters as “terrorists” in a post she made on social media. Oh and it was posted on her personal account.
And they apparently aren’t stopping with her. Another officer is set to be suspended and given a demotion for posting a reply on the Facebook post.
Sara Erwin, the fired Hopewell Township police officer, posted the remarks in June 2020.
“Last night as I left for work I had my two kids crying for me not to go to work. I don’t think I’ve ever felt the way I did last night. And then I watched people I know and others I care about going into harms way. I love my police family like my own,” Erwin said in her post published on Facebook.
“So when you share posts and things on Facebook I’d really appreciate if you’d THINK before doing so. I’ve seen so many black lives matter [sic] hashtags in these posts. Just to let you know — they are terrorists. They hate me. They hate my uniform. They don’t care if I die,” she added.
In addition to Erwin losing her job, Sgt. Mandy Gray, the first female officer hired by the township, will be suspended for six months. She also is set to lose the rank of sergeant, which she received in 2019 and which made her the first woman in the department to achieve the rank.
The officers’ lawyer, Frank Crivelli, said Monday evening that both Erwin and Gray are exemplary and decorated officers with “absolutely no disciplinary history.”
He added the town’s actions against them were “disgraceful” and an act of “cowardice.”
Initially, Erwin and several employees who reacted to the post were investigated and placed on leave, police said at the time. Police Chief Lance Maloney apologized to the community for the post shortly after it appeared.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office did an investigation and concluded that there was no criminal behavior and so the issue was sent back to the township for handling by the local department.
The town took action Friday night through its council, which unanimously voted to accept the recommendations of a hearing officer.
Julie Blake, a councilwoman who also serves as mayor, declined an opportunity to chat about the situation, stating concerning over confidentiality.
Neither Erwin or Gray had any issues or complaints with internal affairs during the 20 or more years of service. The attorney has stated that appeals are now underway in Superior Court for both individuals with First Amendment arguments being the main crux of the legal strategy.
Folks, this is nothing more than the woke mob trying to force out people for telling the truth about BLM. Guess the township council has forgotten all about the rioting, looting, physical assaults, and even shootings that were perpetrated by both BLM and Antifa…