A veteran San Jose police officer has been placed on leave after tweets from an account apparently belonging to him were critical and some say threatening to activists involved in the I Can’t Breathe and Black Lives Matter protests.
The tweets from officers Phillip White prompted an avalanche of criticism and calls for his dismissal.
San Jose Police spokeswoman Sgt. Heather Randol issued a statement from Chief Larry Esquivel which said, “It is extremely important for the community to know the comments made on Officer White’s private social media account do not reflect the thoughts or feelings of the men and women here at the San Jose Police Department. Nor do we condone this type of behavior.”
Bay Area News Group reported that White’s off-duty social media posts were put under review after they were brought to the department’s attention. Among the provocative statements was the following:
“Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you. #CopsLivesMatter.”
Source: CBS San Francisco