A Louisiana officer has been fired after posting a racist remark on social media about coronavirus and African Americans.
The Kaplan Police Department confirmed officer Steven Aucoin’s firing in a Facebook post on May 15, saying it was “aware of the situation” and dismissed Aucoin after an internal investigation into comments the officer made online just hours earlier, The Olympian reported.
During a Facebook live stream of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ press conference on the state’s COVID-19 response, one commenter wrote, “virus that was created to kill all the BLACKS is death.” In response, Aucoin wrote “Well it didn’t work,” before adding, “how unfortunate.”
“Chief [Joshua] Hardy and the Kaplan Police Department would like to apologize for this matter,” police said in a statement announcing the officer’s termination Friday.
Hardy told local station KLFY News that this type of behavior by an officer isn’t tolerated in his department.
“We’re held to a higher standard than normal civilians, so you got to watch what you do, you got to watch what you say,” he told the news station. “You can’t just go and post anything you want on social media.”
Other screenshots of the exchange reveal the officer had made similarly racist remarks earlier, according to the news outlet.
“I can’t wait until the next part of the plan is implemented and they see what’s in store for their kind,” the now-fired officer wrote, according to screenshots shared by a Facebook user.
In another comment, the officer asked, “How many times have you been to combat for the rights you think you deserve for leaching off this country?”