Veteran NC Trooper Suspended Over Anti-Liberal Social Media Post

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sergeant Jonathan Whitley posted his thoughts about several controversial issues.

Raleigh, NC – A 23-year veteran of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a social media post he made expressing his personal opinions on a variety of issues.

“The State Highway Patrol is aware of the incident in question and is conducting an internal investigation,” State Highway Patrol Sergeant Michael Baker told The News & Observer on Thursday.

Sergeant Jonathan Whitley, who has served the State Highway Patrol since 1996, has been heavily criticized for an Instagram post he made under the username “jkwhitley2608,” according to the paper.

In the post, Sgt. Whitley said he wanted to share “a few random thoughts” before he went to bed.

He started off by declaring he would “never vote for a Democrat for any reason,” then later said he “can’t wait” to vote for President Donald Trump again.

“Ninety-nine percent of the media are anti-American, liberal supporting communist, and I can’t stand them,” Sgt. Whitley railed.

He also denounced the public education system, and referred to college campuses as “indoctrination centers.”

The sergeant praised America’s farmers, and asserted that “people [who] sue farmers should be starved to death.”

Critics were especially offended by his comments regarding inmates and suspects who fight with police.

“If you act like a fool toward police and you tote a beat down, don’t get on TV in hopes of getting your check,” Sgt. Whitley wrote. “The police already gave you what you deserve.”

He added that “prisoners should be busting rocks for 16 hours a day,” and that correctional officers “should be busting [the] heads” of those who refuse.

Sgt. Whitley blasted welfare and low-income housing programs, and argued that people should not expect to receive special treatment because of their race.

“I didn’t own a slave so I owe you nothing,” he said. “Including your HUD housing and EBT card…God gave me my ability, and I put in the work so you ain’t getting what’s mine.”

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He added that he has “no use” for “pathetic…weak leaders,” and pledged his “utmost respect” to the United States military and flag.

“I have the exact opposite for the NFL,” Sgt. Whitley noted. “I despise whiners. Do the job you are paid to do or quit.”

It was unclear what penalty the veteran trooper might face if he is found to be in violation of State Highway Patrol policy.

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Scrappi
Scrappi

The damn truth is what he posted.

Fisher68
Fisher68

I personally don't think he said a word out'a line ! I know there are some bad apples in the barrel, you'll find that in ALL occupations !! It's time for TRUE TALK ! Most ALL people over the age of 35 or so feel the exact same way ! And I'm not saying this because I'm racist, in fact, I'm the furthest from a RACIST! I have great friends of several races and I'm SICK of the race card being thrown around like it's a piece of candy ! I take it seriously. My son happens to be a LEO and I just HATE that he chose this abusive career where there is ZERO respect for the duties he performs, not to mention getting shot at over the doing the job ! How would you like to go to work and put up with that kinda garbage ? SMDH ! Good luck to you officer, but I'm afraid that your career is over Sir. So sorry

Benmoshe613
Benmoshe613

Sgt. Whitley has nothing to apologize for. He sounds like myself, and other (now retired) old school cops who prefer to tell it like it is and not kiss a... Times have changed and the leftist libtards have brown nosed their way to command positions where there desire to punish anything remotely patriotic or Conservative. If the Sgt had written a diatribe criticizing the POTUS, supporting amnesty for illegals, open borders, removing historical monuments because they are not politically correct, and removing American Flag decals from law enforcement and fire fighting vehicles because our flag might be "offensive" to someone, etc. Etc. ad nauseam, he would have made Lieutenant. Hold your head high LT. You have done nothing wrong. Offending the "Swamp Creatures" (Brass) is laudable.

Cidcsp
Cidcsp

Well said Trooper!

LEO0301
LEO0301

He said nothing wrong. With that, a message to all officers - STAY OFF of social media until you retire, then speak your mind without fear of some ballless administrator who is more concerned about the publics perception of him/her than what happens to you. I was retired for almost 5 years before venturing into the dark world of social media, where people say whatever they want, but have a different standard for police officers.

Bordercop
Bordercop

Freedom of speech... only for anti-Anerica socialists, democrats, progressives. Nothing the troooer said was wrong

Tmorh
Tmorh

Agree with most of what he said. Nothing wrong with it. Question is: is he good at his job? Yes, move on.

Petechet
Petechet

I agree 100%......and what is said on the internet off work has nothing to do with anyone's job! Put this man back to work and suspend the moron that sent him home and whoever read his post and reported it!

mbfritz
mbfritz

I agree with all of it! He's entitled to his opinion & sounds like an intelligent officer with a lot of common sense who stated everything many of us honest, law-abiding, hard-working taxpayer's feel & think is well!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"He also denounced the public education system" Yup, that is how police officers roll. It is why there are so many teacher related stories at here at Blue Lives Matter.

ITAngel
ITAngel

Freedom of speech. I agree with him 100%.

Cj2015
Cj2015

I hope the brother doesn't lose his job. I'm sure the agency has a social media policy, and if they fire him, it will have to be based on his violation of that policy, and not necessarily based on his beliefs. That being said there's allot wrong with what he said.

David P
David P

Sounds like he needs a promotion.

Wrthawg
Wrthawg

I have known this Trooper since he was in BLET. He is a very honorable man and should not be subject to this. He did not identify himself as a Trooper on Instagram, but someone knew who he was and turned him in. Now, my big problem is that he spoke his mind, which is his 1st Amendment[ Right under the Constitution of the United States. Freedom Of Speech. Had this been some liberal crap coming from a disgruntled person or the (LAND OF OFFENDED) they could say what they wanted about the police, the president or whomever and not have to worry. It is a sad state of affairs

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

I spent 20+ years on the job and when I was getting ready to retire, 24 years ago, I talked with a cop that came on the job in 1950 and I asked him what surprised him the most when he retired, so that I could have some understanding of what I could expect upon my pulling the pin. His answer... “Being able to have freedom of speech again”. He was right! You don’t realize the things you don’t say for fear of reprisals. Sgt. Whitley is correct in everything he said! It is shameful that speaking his mind may cost him everything he has ever worked for and all that he is. If he had spoken badly about Republicans he would not be in trouble. I have never heard of any officer getting jammed for slamming Republicans.

EqualProtection
EqualProtection

Donald Trump embolden this racist cop to show his hatred of minorities. Once he's fired, maybe Trump will support this racist cop and his family so he don't have to get an EBT card or HUD!

Walt1944
Walt1944

I agree with everything this trooper said and I am a former Sergeant with A major Police Dept. and I have been retired for 25 years..It was not this bad even back in the 60s and 70s...

Wolfpackleader
Wolfpackleader

I agree with the Sergeant 100%. He is right on all counts.

KWBLM
KWBLM

LEOs never get the respect they deserve. I guess freedom of speech only applies to a few. He said what most people are afraid to say for exactly this reason, thrown under the bus. I guess all those years protecting all you pansy ass whiners means nothing. Putting his life on the line for 23 years means nothing. This is a travesty.

wmc50
wmc50

@NTPD935Ret, respectfully Brother, it's not the "fear of reprisals", it is the full knowledge that you WILL be sanctioned. The NCHP is going to break this guy down and destroy him before they drum him out of the agency.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

The Trooper was rightfully expressing his opinions and I argue that his job offers a unique perspective that I want to hear. No allegations that his opinions - which I suspect are held my many - have created wrongful acts on the job. I'm not a LEO but you go out every morning and fight with the worse 3% of our society and see how long your "tutti-fruity" attitude stays pure.

We need to stop this now and take a step back. Suppression of Free Speech - especially opinions that do not fit the Left's narrative - was the path into Nazism and Fascism. Unequivocal FACT! The Left has weaponized Free Speech which empowers their narrative and consequently enslaves (bet you don't like that) our entire society to a radical ideology driven and owned of a few idiot "intellects".

Wake up people. This Trooper deserves respect for expressing his truth which should be a foundation for further discussion.

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Golobki
Golobki

Speaking one's mind is now a "violation" To be investigated by the thought police.

RPG156
RPG156

As long as the police aren't allowed to speak their minds, our country will be perpetually locked into a cycle that escalates the socialist agenda and demonizes family values and love of country. Liberals can say whatever they want with impunity while the real patriots are muffled and persecuted.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Our police officers in all capacities today cannot count on support from their own bosses on anything. They should be glad this officer is not a democrat/liberal because those are the very ones who would like to see all police done away with.

magnumforc
magnumforc

God I love this guy!!!!

Marxest
Marxest

Lol!!! When will all these stupid police officers, politicians and public servants learn to keep their private thoughts off social media? They don't have that right to air their thoughts publicly like that. If they did have the right than this fool wouldn't have his ass in the hot seat right now. Idiot! He ain't the first and he won't be the last, lol!!! All this could have been avoided. Well he'll learn. They all do.

YYZ2112
YYZ2112

He is 100% correct! I’ve been a police officer in Chicago for 32+ years and he is on the money. Especially regarding the ghetto lottery payouts & the expectation of entitlement. It has gotten beyond ridiculous.

NomonK
NomonK

It's a crying shame that political correctness has taken so much away from freedom of speech. Why is a LEO not allowed to share his personal thoughts on social media. If you notice it is always the Conservative Speech that is being controlled.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Freedom of speech is in the constitution, is it not?🤔

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

The oxymoron, that is political correctness, raises it's ugly head, once again.

Snooper
Snooper

More power to you Sarge, keep telling it like it is!!!!

TwinWrangler
TwinWrangler

If they fire him he should run for office!

K9ndn
K9ndn

Were is the ACLU at? They should be crying to the highest hilltops saying that his rights were violated!

EqualProtection
EqualProtection

I'm so glad the commander of the NCHP is an African-American! I have no doubt he'll fire this racist sergeant. The sooner the better for the taxpayers of NC who are playing the salary of that racist sergeant!

grandaddydean
grandaddydean

So in a state run by Democrats you are not allowed to have free speech. I know that there are standards of conduct but losing you freedom of speech should not be one them.

61mouse
61mouse

Truth ???

wndyeliza
wndyeliza

What happens when l get offended over the offensive comments others make? Can l sue over what l think is rascist, bigoted, or homophobic? What the Sgt, did was make public the thoughts that many utter in private. Every ethnic group, religious group, and political group, have those kind of talks of how they wish to see the society if they had it to run. Most don’t see the light of day, usually because of the labels and harassment that comes with it. But we all know that it happens in our homes and work, amongst our friends etc. are any of is holding our politicians responsible for the statements they make that actually cause division and increased hate towards each other? Where’s our outrage then? But a Sgt. makes a personal statement and some are ready to ruin him. For those who are ready to run him out in a rail, try posting your true opinions on open forum, not to your buddies, and see what happens. Free speech, comes with the opportunity for discussion not only dissent. Maybe it’s time to have thise discussions with those that are open to them, about their feelings, experiences, and share yours. Coos are tired of being killed, shot at, and protecting those who who care less about them until they are needed and then they can f-off. Trying going to work daily and not be appreciated bu the people you are sworn to protect. Oh! And just because the new too guy at the NCSD is black doesn’t mean he won’t uphold the law over color. As he should. So can we calm down the rhetoric and remember that what this Sgt did is what we ALL have done

Backtheblue83
Backtheblue83

So what's the problem?? His Instagram had no mentions of his place employment. Let's start a GoFundMe page for SGT Whitley to ensure he has the legal funds fight for his freedom of speech.

Secesh1861
Secesh1861

He sounds like a red blooded American to me I like him He should I run for president

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

So they there suspending the Trooper for exercising his 1st Amendment rights. There wasn't anything offensive or vulgar in his comments. Know people are being judged only because someone can't stand the truth being told to them. I've yet to here about Liberals being reprimanded or loose there job over a social media opinion and there the ones who use profanity and makes false statements with nothing to back it up. I totally agree with the Troopers comments.

dsmarine
dsmarine

Does being an LEO negate your First Amendment rights when you are off duty? Not in my opinion,

FilthyMike13
FilthyMike13

This trooper echos what my friends and I have said for years. He's in North Carolina and we're on the left coast. It is nice to know that there isn't a difference between the 2 ends of this country and it is probably the same all points in the middle. Here's another thing, if the trooper was "off duty", didn't divulge his place of work, didn't uncover identities of protected people to criminals or coworkers, what business is it of the department what ANY trooper, deputy, police officer says on any personal social media account? We always hear about LEO suicides surpass LEO's being killed in the line of duty. The work these men and women do on a daily basis, day in, day out WEARS on them. The deadbeats, the thieves, the drug dealers and users, the kids committing crimes, the kids dying from crime, murders, rapists and so on. If this "rant" from this trooper got what he feels needs to be said off his chest to make him feel better, so be it. By all means open up, let the public hear what you have to say. When a person goes to their "superior" to have a talk about sensitive personal matters, it is different than if you were to talk to friend outside of work, outside your LINE of work. There is absolutely nothing this Trooper said that I haven't said for YEARS. Arizona had Sheriff Joe Arpio at the helm of Maricopa County for YEARS. Why? He didn't put up with the criminal element BS, he didn't follow the politically correct way others would follow. Arpio, Bless that mans heart, had zero fear. He put his inmates in tents, fed them day old bologna sandwiches the inmates HAD to pay for, Arpio had chain gangs for both men and women to go out and clean along side county roadways, he used good behavior inmates to take over the local animal shelter to care for animals because the shelter, year after year ran deep into the red. The inmate help at shelter put the shelter back in the black. Sheriff David Clarke, Joe Arpio are part of an "elite" group of Law Enforcement LEADERS that know how to take care of business at both ends. Both give their people the tools to do the job and on the Sheriffs end, the reward for their deputies hard work is put the very criminals in jail, where they need to be and put their lazy asses to work. We need chain gangs again, these punks who think cops are for shitting on could use some "churchin' up" whether it be by hand, book or baton, show these punks there is ALWAYS someone bigger, better and badder than they are. Decades of whining and crying and suing have turned polices departments across the country into pussy departments. You hire men and women to do a job, but God forbid they slam the car door on suspects hand to keep him from getting away because he shot another cop because he might sue the agency. Screw him, put a bullet in his head. The notion "We have to be better than those we arrest" is a crock of crap. That falls directly in line with the narrative that cops have no feelings, they are ROBOTIC. Cops should be immune from litigation IF the force used to keep a suspect in CONTROL (a suspect spitting on a cop is NOT in control or compliance period) as long as the force used does NOT result in harm to the deputy. Ooooooh surprise, the deputy, why them? Being on government payroll, there is a thing called workman's comp insurance that affects the TAXPAYERS of every agency. If whacking the knees out from under a suspect keeps him in control, by all means, break some bones. If he keeps spitting on you, a baton to the mouth, knock some teeth out, swell up the lips so he CAN'T spit. Hog tie them, put an executioners hood over their head, gag their mouths and by all means, any show of aggression with ANY weapon at ANY age (kids as young as 9-10 years old can and will kill), from any suspect, open fire, often called a mag dump. I expect ALL LEO's at EVERY level of government to be the badasses of their district. They can display that without going over board and do it politely until SHTF. Our LEO's deserve the respect they earn, but the same goes vice versa (other words to GET respect Joe Blow Suspect, you have to GIVE it). Thankfully body-cams are being used more often by more departments and it appears those little devices have saved the careers of LEO's from false accusations or shows the real truth behind what happened at a scene (the best was the suspect caught on dash cam shooting at cops on a freeway and a trooper mowing his ass down with his patrol car, that was beautiful). Nonetheless, our "protect and serve" people deserve better tools to do their job, backing from their higher ups, cooperation from the public and most important, if a cop asks, screams or demands help, GET in there and help them. One more thing, I want to know who the douche was that reported this trooper? They need some churchin' up.

Jfulton0373
Jfulton0373

Sounds like a man of morals and value! The exact kinda cop we need protecting our streets. Shame on you North Carolina!!!

cspcapt
cspcapt

Where does the 1st amendment exclude cops, especially off duty?

Alpha Male 1
Alpha Male 1

There is case law on this issue and it appears that the NC State Patrol are caving to political correctness instead of standing behind the constitution and their Officer.

NickVan
NickVan

I agreed on every point he made. Anyone who says otherwise proves his point.

Old Sniper
Old Sniper

I truly hope he sues for Civil Rights violations under the First Amendment. He'll win. Further hope the other party appeals all the way to the Supreme Court. He'll STILL win, and maybe, just maybe, we can start shitcanning this PC crap.

Poohchasers37
Poohchasers37

He has the same right under the 1st Amendment as EVERYBODY ELSE DOES.

ex-5-oh
ex-5-oh

So what is wrong with telling the truth. Typical Liberal tactic, suppress the truth any way you can.

Driver360
Driver360

I Concur with Sgt Baker!!!