A Louisiana cop received the ‘pink slip’ for allegedly making a racist comment.
Apparently, he thought no one would report the hate speech; however, KLFY reported that the comment was made under a Facebook live post of the governor’s press conference back in May.
One commenter posted, “Virus that was created to kill all the blacks is death” to which Aucoin responded, “Well it didn’t work.” Then he commented again, “how unfortunate”.
Chief of Police, Joshua Hardy, slammed Aucoin, saying this behavior is not tolerated within the department. Aucoin was fired after an investigation of the entire thread.
“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. You can’t just go and post anything you want on social media,” said the police chief.
Louisiana native and firefighter, Joshua Brothers, says he understands being fired for violated social media policies. However, he argued that Aucoin’s comments could’ve been a misunderstanding because of how Facebook works.
“The newest update that Facebook does. It doesn’t put the comments in consecutive order like it used to. It’s not a time line thing. Relevant newer comments might be above. Some comments aren’t listed at all.”
Brothers argued that the screenshots could’ve been taken out of context, causing the officers career to be ruined.
“I just want to see the true story brought out to light you know regardless of what it is. But I don’t believe that was his intent,” he said.
Making Excuses For Irrational Behavior
Another Kaplan resident, Victoria Verdun, said the termination was a mistake, saying that Aucoin was a good cop when he reported to her home. “He’s the only one that follows the rulebook,” she said. “He doesn’t yell or curse at you or lie like other offices do and I just don’t think it’s right. He’s far from a racist. He’s far from rude or whatever else people are calling him. He is just a man trying to provide for his family.”
Nonetheless, Chief Joshua Hardy responded to the incident “I don’t tolerate behavior like that in my department”, he said. “It’s very unbecoming of a police officer, or any person for that matter, to make a comment like that”.