San Antonio FF suspended for writing 'F--- the police' on Facebook
Records show the engineer stated he was angered by the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin at the time he made the post
By Laura French
SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio firefighter has been suspended for 90 days without pay after writing a Facebook post that included the phrase "F--- the police" in August.
In his Aug. 25 Facebook post, San Antonio Fire Department Engineer Christopher Johnson, who is white, stated he had the privilege of having positive interactions with police at work and within in his family, and blasted police officers and officials who "still shoot and murder Black men and women and/or protect those who do," according to KSAT. Johnson also criticized the treatment of protestors by police.
A copy of the full Facebook post is shown below, as published by KSAT:
Records released by the fire department show that an internal investigation found Johnson's post violated department rules on conduct and behavior, relationships with coworkers, negative public image, inappropriate behavior and damaging the reputation of the department.
Johnson was initially suspended indefinitely in October, but the suspension was later shortened to 90 days. Records state that Johnson told Fire Chief Charles Hood that several coworkers sent him messages after the post, some agreeing with him and others disagreeing. He also reportedly told Hood he was angered by the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which had occurred two days before the post was made, and agreed that the language he used had been inappropriate.