Executive Put On Leave After Saying Cops Kill Black Children

Michellene Davis at first said her Facebook account was hacked but later apologized for controversial post.

An executive for a New Jersey healthcare provider is on leave after she accused police of shooting black children.

Michellene Davis, the executive vice president and chief corporate affairs officer at RWJBarnabas Health, posted underneath an article about a New Jersey school district hiring armed police officers.

“Who is going to train them not to shoot black children first?!?” Davis posted.

At first, Davis tried to say that her Facebook page had been hacked and asked others not to accept anything new from her account, according to the Cresskill-Closter Daily Voice.

On Thursday, the controversial post was removed and she posted an apology.

“I want to publicly apologize for an extremely insensitive and offensive comment posted on facebook,” wrote Davis, who also served as the acting state treasurer for the state of New Jersey. “My concern for the safety of schoolchildren and gun violence led me to react to a headline without thinking."

"Having a late sister and other family in law enforcement I deeply respect the law enforcement community and appreciate their service and admire their sacrifice," she said. "To all law enforcement families, the community, and to my employer, RWJBH I offer a sincere apology.”

RWJBarnabas Health press secretary Ellen Green released a statement that said, "Official social media outlets are the only statements that represent the views and policies of the organization."

The company's chief corporate affairs officer released a statemetn that said Davis "has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an investigation."

Fair Lawn PBA President Luis Vazquez said that Davis' apology was a "step in the right direction.”

"We are held to the highest standards and pride ourselves in our professionalism and our love for our community, especially our schools and children," Vazquez wrote, according to the Cresskill-Closter Daily Voice.

Davis made the list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare by "Modern Healthcare” according to the Cresskill-Closter Daily Voice. She is the first person of color to serve as an executive vice president in the history of RWJBarnabas Health, the Cresskill-Closter Daily Voice reported.

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DJMM
DJMM

That is what hate will do to you and not thinking before you speak. She disrespected her own family members with her outlandish conduct. She should know that a person in her position needs to use command sense and restraint.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Some of you will lambast this woman knowing that you've defended cops saying dumb shit on Facebook and lost their jobs. Most of you won't recognize your hypocrisy though. If you defend one, why aren't you defending the other?

Keep that same energy.

BlueJDN
BlueJDN

While I disagree with what she said, I absolutely hate that her company punished her for it. No matter what side of the aisle you are on, it should not be the business of your employee what you say on your own social media on your own time. Unless what you say breaks the law.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Seriously, you would think by now that people would have learned that social media really isn't the place to let it all loose. We may not like the fact that businesses can and do use social media to check up on their employees/ future employees but many have lost jobs and potential jobs over stupidity they post.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Gee I wonder why black kids grow up distrusting police.... Rodney King got his ass handed to him (very unjustifiably) and even he said "can't we all just get along..." after the worst most expensive rioting in the nation in 1992.

The police of 2018 are a far cry from the police of the 1960s. And even then you had to be a noncompliant asshat to get a beating.