A career killer: Using social media to make fun of your boss while being racist!

This one was a fail on many different levels.

Lt. Anthony Caruso was a 23 year veteran of the Newark Police Department, pulling down a salary of $133,000.  That changed last week, when Lt. Caruso was fired for comments he made about Ras Baraka, the city’s African-American Mayor.

In the comments, another person made a Facebook post to Caruso’s wall with a picture of a gorilla and the comment “Lmafo….How’s your mayor?”  Caruso responded, “Exactly!!!!”  And that ended Caruso’s career.

According to the City, policies are in place which prohibit “employees from making any comment or opinion that defames the department or is derogatory in nature towards the City of Newark or any of its employees.”  Honestly, I suspect that Lt. Caruso wouldn’t have had a problem – at least not this bad of a problem – had he just insulted the Mayor.  However, doing so in a racism manner was such an error, on so many different levels, that his firing was clearly justified.  As always, this just proves that public employees are under a different microscope – and a different level of scrutiny – than the average person.

What is even more interesting – and depressing – about this scandal is that Caruso wasn’t the one who made the post.  He just said “Exactly!!!!” but clearly, this is enough to imply that he agreed with the racist post, thus putting him into the realm of unacceptable social media content.

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