A New Jersey town has fired a veteran police officer and will suspend and demote a sergeant over a Facebook post that called Black Lives Matter protesters 'terrorists' who hate cops.
Hopewell Township's committee on Friday voted unanimously to terminate police officer Sara Erwin and penalize Sgt Mandy Gray.
Both women have been decorated public servants for more than 20 years, and neither one has any 'disciplinary history,' according to their attorney, Frank Crivelli.
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Hopewell Township, New Jersey, patrol officer Sara Erwin (left) has been fired, and Sgt Mandy Gray (right) will be suspended and demoted over an anti-BLM Facebook post
Erwin posted this status update on Facebook in June 2020, saying that Black Lives Matter protesters were 'terrorists' who hate her and her uniform, and don't care if she dies
Gray, who was the first woman to be hired as a police officer in Hopewell Township and the first to be named a sergeant in 2019, will be placed on leave and demoted in rank, reported NJ.com.
Crivelli filed an appeal with the New Jersey Superior Court on Monday, arguing that the disciplinary actions taken against his clients were 'unjustified' and 'excessively harsh.'
Erwin, who has served as a patrol officer in Hopewell since 2001, on June 8, 2020, wrote a status update on her Facebook page that read in part: 'Last night as I left for work I had my two kids crying for me not to go to work. I don’t think I’ve ever felt the way I did last night. And then I watched people I know and others I care about going into harms way. I love my police family like my own.
'So when you share posts and things on Facebook I’d really appreciate if you’d THINK before doing so. I’ve seen so many black lives matter [sic] hashtags in these posts. Just to let you know - they are terrorists. They hate me. They hate my uniform. They