By: Taren Vaughan
Officer fired over Facebook post celebrating Trayvon Martin’s death? The result of the Trayvon Martin murder trial has caused many people to lose faith in our country’s justice system. But instead of just voicing their opinions and concerns about the trial verdict and Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law on social media networks, action is being taken to ensure the fight for justice for Trayvon and others like him continues on. As the vast majority of people are not pleased with George Zimmerman’s acquittal and hoping Trayvon Martin’s parents get the chance to seek justice through a civil suit, there are some who heavily support Zimmerman and have even protested against people who are standing behind Trayvon’s family. A beach officer in Florida was apparently very pleased about Trayvon’s murder as he lost his job over some insensitive comments he posted on Facebook.
Here’s the report from The Miami Herald via The Associated Press:
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Todd Snipes was fired Friday for unprofessional conduct. County officials say Snipes showed “horrible judgment made worse during a racially charged atmosphere.”
Snipes is accused of writing a post on Facebook after George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the 17-year-old’s death that read: “Another thug gone. Pull up your pants and be respectful. Bye bye thug r.i.p.”
The site also goes on to say that Officer Snipes served as an officer for 15 years and was a lifeguard for 24 and although Snipes issued an apology, an official says his apology will not suffice considering the damage the post has done.