A Collinsville police officer is under fire for posting what some might consider to be ‘anti-Muslim’ images on social media. The department learned about the posts through an investigation (initiated by designated terrorist group CAIR, no doubt). Capt. Matthew Burke said, “During our investigation we have seen that all of his posts brought forth to our attention were posted prior to 2015, before he ever came to work for us.”
KJRH But Burke says that’s no excuse for an officer using discriminatory language. He says cops do have their first amendment rights just like anyone else, but law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard, even online. The more offensive posts said phrases like, “Who wants to play cowboys and Muslims?” The officer, who we’re not naming, even made it his cover photo.
Burke says the officer has only been with the Collinsville PD for less than a year and the department was unaware of the posts prior to hiring the officer. The officer has since deactivated his Facebook page and will not face disciplinary action because there was nothing to enforce.