Florida Cop Suspended For Social Media Post About David Hogg

A veteran police officer has been disciplined for a remark about David Hogg he made on social media.

Coconut Creek, FL – A veteran Coconut Creek police officer was suspended without pay on Tuesday, after he made a negative comment on social media regarding Parkland student David Hogg.

Hogg, 18, had organized several Friday “die-in” demonstrations at area Publix grocery stores, to protest the supermarket chain’s support for a gubernatorial candidate who has received contributions from the National Rifle Association, CBS News reported.

Hogg's fellow protesters laid down throughout the stores, forcing shoppers to step over their bodies in order to move about the businesses, according to USA Today.

Outside the Coral Springs Publix, Hogg and other demonstrators drew 17 outlines of human bodies in chalk, to represent those killed in the Parkland Stoneman Douglas High School massacre on Feb. 14.

Photos came out from the "die-in" of a savage showing up in a Warrior 12 "I'll Control My Guns" shirt:

Information related to the demonstration was posted on a Coral Springs/Parkland Facebook page, and included a photo of Hogg, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Coconut Creek K9 Officer Brian Valenti was one of many commenters who lashed out in response to news of the protest.

“Hope some old lady loses control of her car in that lot. Jus saying….” Officer Valenti wrote.

Officer Valenti, a 23-year veteran of the department, later deleted his comment, but not before Kim Simonson took a screenshot, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Simonson, who does not live in Florida, then sent the image to Coconut Police Chief Butch Arenal.

“Whether someone agrees with these students or not, it is in very poor taste for a police officer to make the following comment regarding students that have just been through a tragic shooting,” Simonson told Chief Arenal in an email.

She also urged the chief to fire or suspend the veteran officer.

In response, Chief Arenal told Simonson that he agreed that the comment was both “unprofessional and inappropriate.”

He said he contacted Officer Valenti immediately.

“The officer admitted that it was in poor taste, and indicated that it was meant as a joke, but certainly didn’t come off that way,” the chief’s email continued. “It is for that reason that he thought it better to remove the post. He will be offering an apology, as he has indicated that he wants to do whatever he has to do to make it right.”

Police union leader Rod Skirvin aid that Officer Valenti was “distraught” over the problems he had caused.

On Tuesday, Officer Valenti met with Chief Arenal, and said he regretted having made the post. He explained that he made the comment in jest, but that he had since realized that it was not a joking matter.

Officer Valenti said he also hoped to have the opportunity to apologize to Hogg in person.

“After careful consideration of the adverse impact Officer Valenti’s Facebook post may have had on any of the individuals involved, his deep regret for making the comment, and the damage inflicted upon the Coconut Creek Police Department’s reputation, I have decided to suspend Officer Valenti for a period of five days without pay,” Chief Arenal announced after the meeting.

Officer Valenti will also be required to complete sensitivity training, he said.

Hogg was aware of the officer’s comment and responded to it on Tuesday.

“Cops are meant to protect and serve communities, not spread hate and violence among them,” he said.

He also suggested that Officer Valenti should issue a video on Twitter, apologizing for his comment.

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bronx163
bronx163

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bronx163
bronx163

This is still America. The cop has right to express his feelings and opinion. Unless it was a Dept account go pound sand you tree hugging fascist liberals. Sue the Chief and Dept for civil rights of the cop. When you become a cop u don’t surrender your rights.

So David Hogg go fuck yourself. You blast lies and false stats and hide behind momie and far left Fascist libs who are pulling the strings and I are the puppet. Snowflake. You can’t have it both ways. You call nra murders but it was milenial sociopath losers like your self who did the killing.

LizDuv
LizDuv

I agree that the officers' comment was not professional and that as a police officer you must use some discretion when posting on the internet. But I am really tired of Hogg and his repeated attempts to be in the spotlight. He is ignorant and the media is as well for giving him attention. If I had been at any one of those stores I would not have "stepped over" those children I would have driven right over them with my cart.

Linda97502
Linda97502

This KID is trying to keep his 15 minutes of fame going.

Rtravis58
Rtravis58

Since when are kids mature enough to dictate what we feel and think as adults. These kids are sheep. This officer should be reinstated with back pay, or is this chief like the ones that stood outside and refused to enter the school. I have no respect for the administration that doesn’t back this officer.

JBo
JBo

Hogg wants the country to run his way regardless of the right of people to support the candidate of their own choosing.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 Hes not a millenial. The youngest Millennials are graduating college, not high school.

bronx163
bronx163

Hes a snowflake crybaby millennial. Retard wasn’t even in school that day. Also he’s being controled behind scenes by Fascist left and gun control dummycrats.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 Everything else is your opinion, and you're entitled to it. But he's not a Millennial, that's a fact. Major markers of a millennial are remebering life before the Internet and being old enough to remember 9/11.

If he was born in 2000/2001 he doesn't remember life without Internet or 9/11. He's Gen Z.

I'm 34, so I'm a millenial. I was 17 when 9/11 happened, and i remember exactly what i was doing (sitting in Chemistry class). I also remember life without internet. I was 12 when i first logged on, so i remember many years before Internet was available to everyone.

BlueMoose
BlueMoose

Ahh the perks of retirement. I remember that publicity stunt and I am pretty sure I posted something very negative about that little Twit,

BobIn704
BobIn704

You are supposed to say your account was hacked people!!!! Come on!

BobIn704
BobIn704

and for dumb bitch to do a screen shot and then research where to send the information to etc. That snowflake got nothing to do as well. A leftist of course!

Foundoutwest11
Foundoutwest11

Question: when is it all right to stop a business or to disrupt your patrons from easy access to the products inside. I would think some kind of law was broken BIG TIME

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

Laws were broken.Not enforced.The chief saved the officers job by just suspending him and not firing him as HOGG wanted.

Trendy999
Trendy999

He didn’t ask for ‘his 15 minutes ‘ of infamy!

Trendy999
Trendy999

Fake News....just because the kid is articulate and can think for himself doesnt mean there’s a ‘man behind the curtain’ controlling what he says.

Trendy999
Trendy999

I support the police....but he was wrong to essentially say that he hoped someone would run over the kids in the parking lot, thus promoting assault with a deadly weapon or even homicide.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I wonder whether more restrictive national gun control laws could have prevented this scandal.

bronx163
bronx163

FUCK ALL YOU LIB FUCKS AND DAVID HOGG THE FACE OF LIBERAL FASCIST BROWN SHIRTS.

Back-The-Blue Carrie
Back-The-Blue Carrie

Actually the kids were laying down inside. There were only chalk outlines outside. If an "old lady loses control of her car in that lot" she wouldn't be running over any of the kids protesting. The post did not say that he hoped the old lady would run over anyone. When did his first amendment rights get taken away? Bad enough we have an anti-police mentality in our country. Now we are not allowing them free speech on their own time? What's next? Suspension for demonstrating? Suspension for belonging to the NRA? Slippery slope I think.

FSchloss
FSchloss

The dog turds in my dog run have more rights than a working police officer. This just serves to prove it.\

DocRyder
DocRyder

Actually, bronx163, you are mistaken. LEO are not free to post whatever they wish on social media. If they have identified themselves as LEO on their profile or elsewhere they can be held accountable by their department-as we see here. I personally believe that isn't proper, well, there ya go. Given the bad rap cops are getting these days, Department Admin types (Chiefs, etc) are pretty sensitive and I'm sure have provided guidance to their officers. While I don't wish these kids dead, I do wish they would hurry up and grow up.

informative6361
informative6361

If you really work in a field where your comments are more closely scrutinized like police or journalism and NOT like a Walmart employee, then you want to go create a free email and make a new alternate facebook account which allows you to vent in this way without it being "easily" traced back to you.

You don't have to choose between being a good guy officer and having the right to voice a strongly felt opinion about the many a-holes out there like little Debbie Hogg.

John.Brown
John.Brown

A stupid move on the part of the police officer. Most younger officer's I know, either avoid social media altogether or make no mention of their job in their profile or in the pics that they post. They also keep their opinions to themselves. Nothing has really changed except cops have more visible ways of doing stupid shit. At least the chief isn't canning him.

Sherb13
Sherb13

So what if he is articulate. He doesn't know shit about guns yet he is the arbiter of truth on the matter if the media is to be believed.

pixiepup
pixiepup

It is ridiculous that Hogg and his protesters were not evicted from the store. So can I come into a Public store and protest by laying down and blocking customers since I don’t agree with Hogg?? This is so ridiculous!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The store apparently didn't want to seem like a heartless monster the way Officer Valenti did. I imagine that if the protest went on too long then Publix would have evicted the protesters. It seems like a credit to Publix management that they decided not to come down too swiftly on these particular protesters.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

It’s a crying shame that the actions of a wet behind the ears spoiled punk can cause so much trouble. His little a$& needs be to be worried about trying to get accepted into a college. He does not have a clue on what he is talking about, but CNN is filling him full of crap. To the Simonson lady that took a screen shot of this officer’s post he does have rights under the 1st Amendment under the Constitution. I mean they went into a business disrupted business where they should have been arrested, then after they were run off they went outside and drew lines of dead bodies in the parking lot on private property. This little punk needs to worry about his schooling and leave adult issues to adults because he is far from it!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Old enough to get drafted = old enough to protest.

Thenubi456
Thenubi456

Tired of the snowflakes and people not supporting our officers.Get over yourselves,I’d be stomping on those freaks in my way.why do we have to be sensitive to a bunch of snowflakes.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Rtravis58 Funny how he and a bunch of others his same age are being denigrated by people like you, when I'm sure you don't realize they are all votIng age this year.

FarleyOG
FarleyOG

Wow, the hate towards these kids who lost their friends is really making some of us in LE look bad. If you disagree with them, ok. But remember: 1: They are just kids 2: Their friends died. Disagree without the hate, people. And yes, these kids will soon be registered voters, and the way some on the right have talked about wanting them to die will surely make them democratic voters.

DickSilk
DickSilk

Here ya go, Hogg: facebook.com/groups/Author1/permalink/1950232181655268

QueuedLogic
QueuedLogic

what is the point of this? Are you aware of who the president is and his profoundly awful grasp of the English language both written and spoken?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DickSilk Stroking yourself off on the chat board, eh?

DickSilk
DickSilk

Rule #1: do not feed the trolls.

SueCoop
SueCoop

Maybe there were some folks parked in the handicapped spaces that were impeded from their shopping....

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DickSilk Your name is Dick Silk. I'm sure you've run into your fair share of trolls.

But you do realize the picture you posted is trolling, right?

b1rd
b1rd

Proper correction is not trolling. Saying stupid shit that counter facts and reality is trolling. You know that Dumbass.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble No need to change your avatar. You have the fuckboy "my first crush" celebrity pic. Keep it.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

You know, I had an alternate besides Cheech for you. It would have either been an anus, or a vagina smoking a joint. Either one fits.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

And who you callin Fuckboy when your name literally means that very thing. No wonder you're so sensitive about that topic.

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Such terminology is necessary so that homosexual males can easily and discretely identify themselves to other homosexuals as a top, bottom, or both. He identified himself as a Highest Common Denominator on his online dating profile to broaden the pool of potential homosexual partners. #gay#homosexual#top#bottom#pitcher#catcher by iamred December 07, 2009

DickSilk
DickSilk

@HCD, no, it's pointing out the deficiency of thought being displayed by Hogg's original post -- as mentioned above: The hashtag only serves to increase attention for those whom he's trying to decrease attention. The hypocritical paradox is a paroxysm of petrified pseudo-profundity. (Hogg displays himself as a moron.) The fact he misspelled the word only serves to amplify the magnitude of his miserably myopic mindlessness.

Normally, I don't shoot at fish in a barrel, but he's definitely a prime candidate for a future Darwin Award.