Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Must not imply that blacks are lazy
It's very dangerous to find some things funny
An internal investigation with Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office probed Lt. Trudy Callahan, a 20-year-veteran of the police force, and her Instagram account where she posted an image of a black man lounging on a chain-linked fence.
“Yeah its almost Friday so get your Hood Hammock,” Callahan wrote in a caption from 2015. “Ready to chillax.”
The image went viral on Reddit well before Callahan’s Instagram post. It has been circulating on social media for more than two years without any indicator of where or when it was taken.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Lt. Trudy Callahan has been suspended for 10 days for violating the agency's social media policy.
In the wake of racist allegations, Callahan deleted her Instagram account and is now appealing her suspension from the agency, according to the Florida Times-Union.
She believed the posts were “taken out of context” and “twisted and turned to fit people’s agendas,” Callahan said defending herself in a report obtained by the Times-Union.
While none of the images were taken or created by Callahan, she re-shared the pictures with captions that were also interpreted as racially insensitive.