That is, quite possibly, one of the most ridiculous headlines I’ve ever written. I truly never thought a combination of words like that would ever be typed by me, but here we are.
The police officer in question is Raymond Mott, and he was fired for the picture above. Just in case you can’t tell, that’s a picture of Mott, in a KKK uniform, giving the Nazi salute. So.
By Mott’s own admission, that picture is of him, and he says he was standing at a rally against illegal immigration. Mott was a police officer in Lake Arthur, Louisiana, until the picture appeared on Facebook. Shortly afterwards, Mott was fired unanimously by the Lake Arthur Council.
However, as the news story notes, Mott said that he was attending a perfectly “legal” rally, and is apparently planning legal action against the town, saying that the process that the town went through to fire him was outside of the law.
Not knowing the details, I can’t speak to that, but I can tell you that any town with a social media policy would be smart enough to limit types of content which you can put on social media – including content which is flagrantly, unquestionably racist. I’ve written previously about law enforcement officers who have done racist things online, and I have to say, this is the most blatant. Oh, and it could be costly to the small Louisiana town, as a local District Attorney has now said that prosecutions in which Mott was involved in must now be reviewed for bias.