Police officer fired for homophobic posts in social media

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BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 20: Police stand guard as investigators search a property on Aberdeen Road where a 32-year-old man was arrested this morning in connection with the murder of Joanna Yeates on January 20, 2011 in Bristol, England. Joanna Yeates went missing on December 17 after a night out with work colleagues and her body was later found dumped by the side of the road at Longford Lane on Christmas Day. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

A police officer in Manchester who had posted hateful anti-gay messages online was dismissed, and also by means of social media. Ian Hopkins, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, tweeted: “This afternoon I have dismissed without notice a Special Constable from Greater Manchester Police for making a homophobic comment on a disgusting homophobic post on Facebook. Totally unacceptable behaviour & no place in policing for this.” Furthermore he added that the Facebook post and the picture to it themselves were disgusting and offensive, and the officer’s comments were even more humiliating with their homophobia. “His actions were completely unacceptable and we will not tolerate this behaviour. A full investigation was carried out and following a special case hearing, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police deemed his behaviour to be gross misconduct and he was dismissed,” the official went on. The force is one of the most progressive in the country on LGBT issues – clamping down on homophobic hate incidents, and launching a pioneering scheme to tackle LGBT domestic violence.

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