This rookie Detroit cop learned the wisdom behind the social media piece of advice “Think before you click” too late. He just lost his job after being suspended for an offensive social media post over the weekend.
Police Chief James Craig announced on Monday that Sean Bostwick has been fired. Craig shared further in a news conference at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters: “This is his last day on our payroll. Tomorrow, he will no longer be a Detroit police officer. He is clear on that.”
A day before that, Craig had suspended the 27-year-old officer for allegedly posting a Snapchat photo of himself in uniform on Saturday and with the caption “Another night to Rangel (sic) up these zoo animals.”
The said post shocked many and Craig even admitted to receiving dozens of phone calls from other police officers, city officials and community leaders voicing their disagreement over the post.
Craig also condemned Bostwick’s social media post. He said: “This is not reflective of this department. We expect a high level of professionalism when we’re serving the public.”
Craig talked to Bostwick first about the post, and later on to discuss the situation. He said that Bostwick, to his credit, expressed remorse over his action. Craig added: “He took responsibility for it. He admitted that he did this. He said he didn't mean it the way it came off."
Bostwick also took down the post immediately following his meeting with Craig, but then it was already too late as the post has since quickly gone viral.
Bostwick’s apologies were not enough to save his job. Craig said they have zero tolerance for such insensitive behavior that is simply unacceptable in the department and city.
Craig also explained that he was able to take a quick, decisive action against Bostwick because he was still on probation. He shared that things would have been different had Bostwick been a tenured officer.
Craig believes that Bostwick is not fit to serve in law enforcement, and hopes no police department elsewhere will hire him. He said: “I think any department that hires him will be concerned about this post. I don't think any city would want to take a chance or risk, but that's between him and a potential employer.”