Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SAN JOSE COP PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AFTER HIS THREATENING TWEET TO PROTESTERS

A police officer in San Jose, California, who tweeted a threatening message to civil rights protesters has been placed on administrative leave as his behavior is investigated, a police spokesperson has told BuzzFeed News.

Twitter: @Coach_White3431

Officer Phillip White
“By the way if anyone feels they can’t breathe or their lives matter I’ll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun,” Officer Phillip White tweeted on Saturday night.

Demonstrators have used the last words of Eric Garner, “I can’t breathe,” as a rallying cry during protests against police killings. The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter has also been used by the movement online.

White also vowed to use his “God given and law appointed right and duty to kill” if he or his family were threatened.


San Jose police say they “recognize the sensitive nature of this matter.”

“We want to first stress that we are taking the matter very seriously,” spokesperson Sgt. Heather Randol told BuzzFeed News in a statement on Monday afternoon.
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The city’s police chief, Larry Esquivel, said he did not condone White’s behavior.