Cleveland Police Officer accused of racism, via Twitter

Unfortunately, we have another entry in the area of law enforcement officers who use social media for inappropriate, horrendous reasons.

As noted by Cleveland.com, a recently promoted Sargent, Frank Woyma, has apparently sent out a series of incredibly racist and anti-Muslim tweets.  These include, but are not limited to:

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The Council of American-Islamic Relations, for obvious reasons, complained about the content of Sergant Woyma’s Twitter account, saying in a press release:

“While Sergeant Woyma is re-tweeting racist and anti-Muslim materials on a private account, his clearly bigoted views can only serve to cast a negative light on the Cleveland Division of Police and harm relations with the community he is supposed to serve and protect.”

Cleveland’s Police Department does have a social media policy which requires content be avoided, “that reasonably tend to diminish the esteem of the Division of Police or its personnel in the eyes of the public.”

I’m pretty sure turning back the “Muslim hoardes” would qualify there.

By the way, Wyoma’s Twitter account has since been deleted.

In terms of moving forward, no formal complaint has been filed against Woyma (yet), but the Department’s Office of Professional Standards is now investigating Woyma.

Unfortunately, regardless of the training or policy, as long as the world is made up of humans, this type of content will always be retweeted by the last person who should ever send it out.  It’s unfortunate, but it’s a reality of the human condition.

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