Officer Philip White, who was fired for racist tweets, but later returned in the force, made a public apology on Monday, May 9, 2016.
“Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you. #CopsLivesMatter,” Officer White tweeted in December 2014, targeting Ferguson protesters.
He again tweeted on another occasion saying, “By the way if anyone feels they can’t breathe or their lives matter I’ll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun.”
White was reinstated and assigned to administrative duties in February, 2016, which drew lots of media’s attention.
The San Jose police officer issued, over the week, a public apology for his racist tweets. In his letter he wrote, “I am well aware of the long road ahead of me as I move towards rebuilding community relationships that I have worked so hard to develop in my 19 years of service in this city. I’m now asking the community I serve to forgive me and judge me on my entire life’s work and contributions to our city’s well-being and not solely on the few minutes where I did not exhibit the best judgment.”
Is this a sincere apology or it’s because of pressure received from civil rights advocates? The fact that White was re-hired in the force shows the great disrespect for BLM activists and black communities.
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