Oh boy, a cop scandal of our very own. And thankfully, it doesn’t involve shooting someone dead on little or no pretext. Just a digital cornucopia of hate speech from one of Vermont’s Finest.
The Vermont State Police is investigating one of its own for material that the trooper posted to social media.
One of the latest Facebook posts from Cpl. Jon Graham’s personal page is an article from Right Wing News. A photo of a smashed Virgin Mary Statue. And a comment from the trooper reading, “and these animals will kill you if you speak badly of Mohammed….tolerance.”
…The posts go back years, seemingly undetected by state police. Some allegedly penning his thoughts like one from 2014, “was just behind a Prius with a Bernie Sanders 2016 sticker…oh how I wanted to spin her vehicle out.”
Others make comments about actual crimes, “Officer involved shooting in Windsor tonight…officer okay…scumbag in hospital…as it should be.”
More specifics in a moment. First, though, a couple of notes that cut to the heart of the problem.
— Graham has been a state trooper for 15 years.
— He’s been posting hateful, racist, sexist stuff on Facebook for years. And his bosses never noticed?
WCAX apparently reported the story first; they note that the Vermont State Police do hae a social media policy which says, in part, that troopers “shall conduct themselves in such a way as to ensure that their speech… does not reflect poorly on the department.”
So who’s enforcing this policy, if anyone?
Makes you wonder if we’ve got any other clueless bigots carrying guns and Tasers on our behalf.
VSP Chief Tom L’Esperance is promising a thorough investigation. Hopefully that’ll also include a thorough review of VSP’s social media policy and how it’s enforced. Or isn’t, as the case may be.
Now, Graham’s Facebook page has been wiped. But a concerned citizen, who appears to be the person who discovered Graham’s Facebook page and notified the VSP, has saved a bunch of screenshots. Here’s a few for your viewing pleasure.
And finally, the ironic cherry on this shit sundae:
Yeah, corporal — or should I say soon-to-be-ex-corporal? It’s amazing how stupid some people can be about social media.