A police officer in San Jose, California, is in hot water after tweeting his thoughts about the police brutality protesters Saturday night. Officer Phillip White tweeted the comment,
â€œBy the way if anyone feels they canâ€™t breathe or their lives matter Iâ€™ll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun,â€
A second post read,
” Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you.
He followedÂ the comment with the hash-tag “Cops lives matter.”
A spokesperson for the San Jose police, Sgt. Heather Randol, said, they â€œrecognize the sensitive nature of this matter.â€She went on to say, â€œWe want to first stress that we are taking the matter very seriously. Upon receiving the information, we immediately forwarded the matter up the chain of command for review.â€
White will still receive pay while on administrative leave although the cityâ€™s police chief, Larry Esquivel, said he did not condone Whiteâ€™s behavior.
â€œIt is extremely important for the community to know the comments made on Officer Whiteâ€™s private social media account do not reflect the thoughts or feelings of the men and women here at the San Jose Police Department,â€ Esquivel said in a statement.
This isn’t the first time Officer White has taken a stand on this issue. White, also used his twitter account to express his opinion towards the black students athletes of a basketball team he coaches that decided to join the protests. This is what he tweeted:
Monday the school issued a statement that read,
“Phillip White is no longer associated with Menlo College. The College will not be represented by expressions of intolerance and bigotry on the campus, on social media, or on the internet. As the matter is under investigation by the San Jose Police Department, we are unable to offer further comments on the particulars of the situation at this time.”
There is now even a petition on change.org to fire Officer White for his comments. Why is it, when a football player expresses his opinion on this matter he is praised, but when an Officer defends his job and co-workers, his life is ruined?