PD Recruit Fired Week Before Graduation For FB Post When She Was 16

The Little Rock Police Department has fired three police recruits in two months for "inappropriate" social media posts.

​Little Rock, AR – The Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) fired a newly hired police officer for a Facebook post she made when she was 16 years old.

This is the third new recruit to be terminated over social media posts in the past two months, according to KARK.

LRPD fired 25-year-old Katina Jones, who was due to graduate from the police academy this week, for posting lyrics to a Lil Wayne song on her Facebook page more than nine years ago.

The lyrics in question contained a word considered offensive to black people, but Jones is black.

Jones had made her Facebook page private when she entered the police academy, but another recruit hacked it and turned Jones in.

"They said, 'Well, you didn't clear everything out and you had that offensive word. You're fired,'" said Jones’ attorney Robert Newcomb.

He said the city wants to recruit more minorities, and that Jones was the perfect example of what the department needed in its ranks.

"The city justifiably wants more African Americans, and here was an African American female that they invested thousands and thousands of dollars in that was doing well," he said.

"Do we judge the chief and others by the type of music they listen to?" Newcomb asked. "What they need to learn from the absurd position taken by the Little Rock Police Department is that they need to just do away with it [Facebook profile] and give up that [First Amendment] right."

The Facebook police have been very busy at the LRPD recently.

It all began in late November of 2017 when recruit Brandon Gurley complained to a sergeant about another recruit’s 2013 Facebook post of a sleeping black man with the comment “Go night night n***a. Go night night.”

The sergeant referred his complaint to the Little Rock Black Police Officers Association, who in turn demanded the police chief fire recruit Brandon Schiefelbein.

The Arkansas Times reported that Schiefelbein was serving in the Army Reserves at the time he made the post, and that the friend pictured and tagged in the photo had no problem with it.

But LRPD thought the four-year-old media post was so egregious that Schiefelbein would not be a good police officer, and they fired him.

Gurley had also reported Jones for the Lil Wayne lyrics, and she was fired shortly after Schiefelbein.

“She made her account private and Mr. Gurley admitted he had a friend that knew how to break into it,” Newcomb told WAVY. “That’s how he got it and sent it to the police department.”

But Gurley didn’t get a chance to celebrate knocking out the competition in his police academy class because it turned out that he had also used the same n-word multiple times on his own Facebook page back in 2010.

Attorney Newcomb, who also represents Schiefelbein, sent a letter to Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner on Nov. 29, 2017, that pointed out the blatant hypocrisy.

"Both of these were done when both individuals were younger," Newcomb wrote. "If it is conduct unbecoming for one, it would be conduct unbecoming for the other."

He said there was no other evidence anywhere else on Schiefelbein’s social media accounts that he was a racist.

Schiefelbein took down the offending Facebook post, and Gurley appeared to accept the apology, in a text exchange Newcomb included in his letter to chief.

LRPD fired Gurley for inappropriate social media posts, and lying.

Newcomb was investigating whether the department broke any laws in firing the recruits, and has asked the city board members and managers to look into it, WAVY reported.

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hampshire
hampshire

That is nonsense !! She would be a good officer . In my experience my friends of color call each other the N word.
I so hope they reconsider this young woman’s hopes of being a positive influence to her community
I sure as heck would not want to be held accountable for what I may have said at 16 !!!
Good grief ! Who makes these decisions 😡

bronx163
bronx163

If you fire one u better fire all.
Sure if u go back someone had said stupid things 16 plus yrs ago.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

A 16 year old quoting a famous Kevin Hart quotes gets fired.

Talk about out of touch.

sturnman22
sturnman22

No one should be fired for using that word. PC gone too far.

Deny
Deny

That is nuts. Just spectacularly STUPID!

Pack
Pack

Who didn’t say or do stupid stuff when they were a teenager? Glad the hacker got fired, but not he other two. Charges should be filed against him for hacking their accounts.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

Where have you been, I missed you. I know it is ridiculous, to punish a person for something said many years ago. People mature and realize they made a mistake. I'm sure she doesn't mean it now She should not have been fired

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Missed me, huh?

I appreciate it, but I swear I'll never understand why people ask for me to be around when I'm quiet for a couple days, when we just got finished cursing each other out a few days ago.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

I don't cuss, its just for once we can agree I get very upset when something has been said hurtful and when they matured or smarten up to change Some people won't let it go I still get angry at the way Paula Deen was treated. She too regreted words spoken, but they wouldn't stop until they to destroy her career and livelihood I am so glad we can find common ground, even if it is tiny

Moktor
Moktor

Fired because a classmate sent an illegally obtained 9 year old post that wasn't even technically offensive? I hope she sues and gets her job back. That is insanity.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Szrudy3 I agree about Paula Deen. She was a product of her environment growing up and changed her thoughts and actions as she grew up and actually met and worked with people she was taught to look down upon. I thought her apology was sincere, and shouldn't have lost her livelihood.

Wild-Boar
Wild-Boar

Totally ridiculous. More proof law enforcement has been stripped by normalcy.

Grinch8541
Grinch8541

LRPD actually did them a favor! I would never want to work for a department like that!! There are some serious issues with the upper level staff! Sounds like there is a needed change! Chief needs to go!

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

This is over the top and I hope the Dept will reconsider.

Grinch8541
Grinch8541

Brandon Gruley needs to be black balled from LE all together. We do not need people like him in the ranks anywhere!

Joseph Arnold
Joseph Arnold

Political Correctness running amuck in Law Enforcement.

Joseph Arnold
Joseph Arnold

Even if she did get her job back that would be winning the battle but in the end losing the war. Department management would find ways to make her life miserable where she would get fed up and quit. It does happen. Law Enforcement departments find ways to jam up people they want to leave.

Joseph Arnold
Joseph Arnold

I'm thinking that Brandon Gurley was trying for a position in Internal Affairs.

CopsKidTwo
CopsKidTwo

To get fired, I thought the recruit would've been posting lyrics that advocated for the killing of officers. To find out this ridiculousness was over the N word used by an African American is ridiculous. Where's the common sense for those who are responsible for that decision? I did laugh when the Malfoy--like recruit got sacked. What a hypocrite and a total jerk. Absolutely he should get ostracized by the LEO community. I wouldn't mind if his type was ostracized from civilization at large. It would be nice if those who were fired for such a ridiculous reason were allowed to complete their training and then they could go to another department of their choosing. How would that work you might be asking? If the new department Katina Jones wanted to work for were to pay LRPD for receiving a trained recruit, then LRPD could turn around and use that money to train a new recruit. Here's to wishful thinking.

ProCop
ProCop

The Obama mind-set lives on.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

PC crap defies ALL common sense. Blacks call each other n#gg@ all the time.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@ProCop explain.

KatyaGovorun
KatyaGovorun

What happened to freedom of expression? She can write any poetry in any way she wants.

Ntgrady
Ntgrady

What I want to know is what happen to the recruit who hacked her Facebook in the first place ????

Scattered
Scattered

Ridiculousness, all of it. Who cares what was posted on FB years ago? Especially a kid. Give the recruits a chance as an adult. The fact that they wanted to become police officers to begin with should have said it all . We need officers black and white and the word nigger is not a reason by itself. It is used to describe white people and black people. Black people use it freely. For God's sake what is this world coming to? Obama started this hate cop shit and it needs to stop.

japhya
japhya

Yes they do, and I think it's the most ignorant and degrading thing that they can do to one another. Their ancestors were hanging from trees while the devils laughed and called them the exact word.....

japhya
japhya

This was the departments way of saying, "well we tried to hire black people and this is what happened". They went looking for a reason to get rid of her. She wrote words to a song on her page when she was a child, and now these peccawoods are holding it against her. How very white of them

japhya
japhya

What did they do to the person who hacked her account?

Hannibal
Hannibal

Throwing the baby out with the bath water. Show this article to your teens. Maybe they will get a clue about the effects their social media posts may have on their future.