“It’s fine to be anti-police, but be 100% about it,” Christopher Castiglia posted.
Sergeant Christopher “Stigs” Castiglia was suspended from the New Rochelle, New York police department without pay, following his series of despicable rants on his Facebook page about BLM. The police department took the decision to suspend Castiglia, as soon as it came to their knowledge that the sergeant’s remarks were completely out of line.
The police department has also stated that the former sergeant could face more disciplinary action if it is discovered that he violated the department’s social media policy. “We have taken action. We were displeased with what was posted. The officer did not speak for the department.” Department spokesman Capt. Robert Gazzola said.
On July 8, Castiglia posted on Facebook telling the Blacks who protest the police to look to BLM for help when there are in need or in danger.
“It’s fine to be anti-police, but be 100% about it,” Castiglia wrote. “Don’t call the police when your world is in disarray to help deal with the worst 10 minutes of your life. Figure it out yourself or better yet, call Shaun King and Black Lives Matter for help.”
The New Rochelle Police Department released a statement concerning the matter on Facebook:
Community activist, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. spoke on the matter and expressed his disappointment in Castiglia and other law enforcement officials who chose to behave this way, as he believes it will only continue to cause friction between the police and communities of color.
We don`t need policemen who don’t respect our rights. Their racism is outrageous. This former sergeant deserves much more than just a suspension without pay. He should be fired from the police department.