Officer Fired Just After Graduating Academy Over 6-Year-Old Social Media Posts

Tulsa Police Officer Wayne Brown was fired by his department less than one month after he graduated from the academy.

Tulsa, OK – A Tulsa police officer who just graduated from the academy last month has been fired for social media posts he made prior to being hired.

The Tulsa Police Department (TPD) opened an internal investigation into now-former Tulsa Police Officer Wayne Brown immediately after they were notified about his social media history on Sept. 4, KWTV reported.

"We the People" Oklahoma activist Marq Lewis also posted screenshots taken from Brown’s Facebook page, according to Tulsa World.

Brown’s account, which was under the name of “Duke Brown,” has since either been deleted or made private.

One post from 2013 showed a police officer deploying pepper spray on a group of people sitting on the ground, with the caption, “Don’t mind me, just watering my hippies,” KWTV reported.

Brown shared the image and wrote, “They need more water, they look really thirsty.”

“Don’t judge me because I’m quiet…..No one plans murder out loud,” another 2013 meme read, according to KWTV.

Brown was also criticized for denouncing Islam.

“I pledge to my family, flag and country when the day comes, I will fight till my last breath before I submit to Islam,” a meme from 2015 read, according to KWTV.

In 2013, he shared an image from “Texas Muslim Day.”

“I expected better from Texas! WTF!!!” Brown wrote.

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan ordered an internal investigation immediately after he was notified about the rookie’s past social media activity, KWTV reported.

“Within one hour and fifteen minutes of receiving the complaint the officer was terminated,” Tulsa Police Sergeant Shane Tuell said, according to Tulsa World.

The rookie officer was fired for violating the department’s social media policy, which prohibits personnel “from posting forms of speech that express bias against any race, religion, or protected class of individuals,” KWTV reported.

An investigation into the incident – including how Brown was recruited by the department – remains ongoing, according to Tulsa World.

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tfort
tfort

Why did it take a citizen to find these posts and the cops have no idea. What a waste of taxpayer money on the academy.

I blame this cops parents for raising a distrustful man who is prone towards violence. At least he is gone be fore he had a chance to kill a Muslim.

Justretired
Justretired

Guess the same amount of time it takes them to do background on ones that rape girls.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

I do not support the sentiment of his old posts, but once they take the First Amendment, they will come for the rest of them, and we will be unable to say anything about it.

It is so important to protect offensive speech, despite how uncomfortable it is to some.

Considering that these were things posted before he agreed to the department policies, it would seem that the only thing that applies is the First Amendment. Shouldn't the background check uncover such things, if they are disqualifiers?

Could it be that he failed to disclose?

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

If you wouldn’t stick a contentious message on your mail box in front of your house; don’t do it on the internet. Not when you have a future to lose when you’re young. It’s the same reason it’s risky putting bank account details there. Once it’s on the internet - it’s there forever.

flybynight
flybynight

Social media is not your friend.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

🤣🤣🤣 his parents should have revised him better.

Dah well. I'm sure McDonald's is hiring. A paycheck is a paycheck, no shame in working there.

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

This has nothing to do with the ole dudes 1st amendment. He has EVERY right to say everything he said. However, he just does NOT have the right to be an officer for the Tulsa Police Department. And the Tulsa Police Department had every right to release him...as they did.

WAY TO GO TULSA POLICE

Justretired
Justretired

Deleting post now huh. Man take care of your family and quit being a asshole precious.

Marxest
Marxest

All these people are finding out the HARD WAY that whatever sharp criticisms and opinions you publicly post can come back to haunt you. This fool, former officer Brown made sure to abide by the law and keep his record clean, graduate police academy only to be fired because of his social media posts! Undone by his own stupid, ignorant thoughts and bigoted comments. He did himself in and this time he can't blame this one on Islam. Lol!!! Every prospective and currently serving officer should learn from that fools mistake and keep off the minefield that is social media.

Scattered
Scattered

I disagree. Totally. Free speech. Its going out the window with all the other rights. Im not a racist. Im not a bigot. But Ill say unequivocally that Ilhan Omar is a terrorist and a felon 3 times over and she needs to be charged and kicked out of Congress. And I think all the border crossings need to be stopped this minute and they come in vetted and the right way like everybody else. And I suppoft Trump 110%. Everybody gets their panties in a wad over perceived racial comments. Im not racist one bit and I love God, my Country, my family, my President and God Bless the USA!!!!

Whiskey5jda
Whiskey5jda

Ex po facto firing? Punishing him for his sins of the past? Aren't you supposed to do a thorough background check before hiring this officer? I seriously hope he sues the City of Tulsa for big bucks. He may not win anything, but I guarantee you they'll be more careful in the future.

Cabj
Cabj

At least one or two of you have noticed that this is another attack on the 1st Amendment. what you seem to have missed is that we no longer have a First Amendment! It has long since been replaced by PC.

rds40
rds40

Not really smart posts.

But I have to wonder in an era when they now accept some drug use and minor criminal history..was it that bad?

Nnfdret
Nnfdret

It is so unfortunate that public servants are held to such a higher level of scrutiny. Be it as it may, the initial background check should have included the social media history of the candidate. This would have saved the department a lot of embarrassment. At least the department would have had a rebuttal for the allegations. However, its so unfortunate that we live in a society of unforgiving attitudes. The very nature of a Christian is to be anti-Muslim. We as Christians are commanded to worship “the one true God” and to denounce all others. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”. When you remove the Ten Commandments from the public eye, people are of the attitude that you shouldn’t have to obey them. Our very laws are written based on these commandments. At what point will we let “Thou shall not steal” become subject to scrutiny? People will be able to justify theft because they were hungry or because they felt less privileged that the rest of society. Muhammad in his teachings is anti Christ. He is a self proclaimed prophet that spoke against Jesus as the Son of God. He referred to Jesus as a Rabbi and teacher yet his miracles were witnessed by the multitudes and Muhammad had no witnesses for his self proclaimed miracles. The disdain that was in the heart of the individual that made the post on social media is something that needs to be reconciled. But to deny him a position within law enforcement because of this is juvenile. The city tries to qualify candidates whereas the public wants to find a reason to disqualify. You’re not hiring saints. Typical “paralysis of analysis”

JBo
JBo

@flybynight ..."Social media is not your friend."

Perfectly said.

RPG156
RPG156

It should be of no surprise to anyone. Social Media has taken too many badges... and will take even more.

bryantrent
bryantrent

So stupid

Sgt BB
Sgt BB

Since he wasn't with the department at the time of the posts, how can he have violated a policy that he wasn't yet bound by? I hope he has a good attorney.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

He among you who is without sin, let him cast the first stone

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

They fired him for violating a policy years before he was subject to said policy. So by that department’s “logic”, If someone spits on the ground and years later that is made a crime, they should be able to charge the person for it?

policeofficermom
policeofficermom

He that is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her. Point being 6 years ago.. and I'd love to dig into the backgrounds of people who always point the finger.....

Stanracer
Stanracer

Lawsuit!

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Now. Do the "liberal thing" and hire an Islamic ass hat to replace him!

OldVet
OldVet

I am not a fan of Islam either. Anyone that says kill me because I am an infidel, I am against.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

This was 6 years ago before the social media rule was made. Everyone has made a comment that they regretted later. It was just words as the liberals state it. They hey have made life threatening statements at our President and state that it is there 1st Amendment Right. As far as this just made Officer is concerned he obviously past his mental examination and isn't a member of any illegal activist group because those would have disqualified him entry into the Academy. A couple of statements on social media 6 years ago because at that moment again at 6 years ago those were passing thoughts none of which that he acted on should NOT have called on his being fired. If anything have a probationary period to observe his true everyday behavior. You don't end a person's dreams over a couple of statements from 6 years ago.

Musicray
Musicray

What a shame... hopefully other people learn from this... don’t say anything on social media!!!

Red Neck
Red Neck

What a miss carriage of Justice. How many of those throwing rocks, dirt mining are as guilty or guiltier then those they seek to destroy? 1:1 I bet! It has been my experience that those who dig dirt are guilty as SIN too!

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

Thought process of so many....it happened before he was an officer and should not matter now. Who has not made mistakes when they were younger.

Thinking like that means even if he had murdered someone before he was an officer, it should not matter...it happened before he was an officer and so what who has not made mistakes when they were younger.

But that's different it's murder....In actuality it's only ok if YOU think it's ok instead of wrong is wrong.

investigator
investigator

What a crock of Sh#t! My Country is slowly fading away.....only to re-emerge as North Korea or Syria!! I'm glad I'm old.......what I see happening now, breaks my heart!!! I HOPE someone starts an investigation into the past of the Tulsa Police Chief!!!!

LanetaJane16
LanetaJane16

I don't approve of his postings BUT he was not an employee of the Dept. when he posted them so how did he violate their policy?????

JACQUEWB
JACQUEWB

Undoubtedly someone did not do a thorough background check before the department hired him.

magnumforc
magnumforc

“I pledge to my family, flag and country when the day comes, I will fight till my last breath before I submit to Islam,” So why does the department find this offensive? Isn't that what we ask of every military member? Or do they simply believe we should all bend to the Muslim laws and religion?

13 charles
13 charles

Maybe his comments are not the best in light of today’s atmosphere. CNN, MSNBC has created this toxic environment. Nothing can be said without a complete review by the “speech police”. We are so terrified today of the main stream media which are a group of far leftist. Next police candidate complete a better background investigation. No room today for any levity.

Navy
Navy

Digging too Deeply into Social Media will eliminate most from the Job. Sounded like facetious comments to me.

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

So THE question is, if his post (for 6 or so yrs ago) had read:

“I pledge to my family, flag and country when the day comes, I will fight till my last breath before I submit to Christianity or “Texas Christian Day.” “I expected better from Texas! WTF!!!” or He posted ANTIFA, today, tomorrow and forever or The GOP and their followers are killing people with assault rifles or EVERY woman should have the right to choose

Would your replies be exactly the same. Or is it only free speech when you agree with what is said.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

But these were posts made before joining the force...nonetheless, I guess they figure someone who has this type of idealogy shouldn't be a good representative of the force

Celtic Gyrl
Celtic Gyrl

No one would have ever known a thing about these posts if that activist Mark Lewis from “We The People Oklahoma” hadn’t gone digging specifically to find something to compromise a newly graduated police officer. This guy must devote all his time to trying to destroy the lives of cops. As for the Tulsa PD, I think they acted in a cowardly manner and should have stood by the new officer who was intentionally targeted. Nobody just happened on that information.

Tom Forrest
Tom Forrest

This is what happens when government employers are given the same latitude as employers in the private sector: they terminate employees for posts made in the distant past that have lost any context they may have once had. Ironically, many private sector employers use much more restraint than their government counterparts.

sherlock H
sherlock H

Just the fact that he said, "No one plans a murder out loud" says he should not be a LEO even if was posted 6 years ago. His attitude then may still be his attitude today.

UnabonGer
UnabonGer

Na na na na, Na na na na, Hey hey hey.....

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

@RetAFVet 🦗🦗🦗🦗🦗🦗

usac95
usac95

I do agree with his post-2015

McFarlane
McFarlane

This is bullshit. To be judged by something a person did in the past? Why then do we send people to jail to "rehabilitate" them, and then let them out on probation or parole, if a person cannot change? You want to be judged by what you did 6 years ago? I think as we age we are less likely to do things we wouldn't want to be judged for, but as we are trying to figure out who we are, I think there are plenty of missteps. I say again, this is bullshit.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

If I were to get hired by a department today, the first thing I would do after starting the academy is to completely disable my social media profiles, so no one could view anything I wrote back in the day.

Once I graduated, I would delete (as permanently as I could) every social media account attached to my name, so no one could find a post from 10 years ago and make up a false narrative behind it, and use it to get me fired.

Social media are not the friends of law enforcement, and it seems freedom of expression does not apply to any member of law enforcement, whether on duty, off duty, or before they were ever involved in law enforcement

jrw40113
jrw40113

If this is all there is to what he posted or shared and the Chief fired him for that, then the chief is a gutless coward.

IsupportLEOs
IsupportLEOs

Having freedom of speach doesn't mean you are free from the repercussions of that speach.

DNW
DNW

You have to be kidding.