The mayor of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, has fired a part-time police officer after a photo of her in uniform captioned with a racial slur appeared online.
KDKA reports that Melissa Adamson was fired from her job as a part-time cop after the following photo was posted online:
The caption to the photo reads, “I’m the law today …” followed by a racial slur.
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Adamson claims the photo is an old one, and that someone she was in a dispute with posted it online to ruin her reputation and her life.
She claims to be deeply apologetic about the photo and insists she is not racist, nor that she was trying to cause anyone emotional distress.
"I'm not a racist. That's not how I plan on portraying myself," Adamson told WTAE. "I love my job. I love what I do. It's what I want to do for the rest of my life."
In response to the photo, McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko posted the following statement on Facebook:
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As Mayor of the City of McKeesport, I feel compelled to publicly address an issue that has come to my attention via social media. A past social media post surfaced just a few hours ago involving a recently hired part-time police officer, who has been in training as a probationary employee for just a few weeks. This post displays a degree of conduct and character that is far different from what I would expect from an officer in this city. It is absolutely unacceptable. Without hesitation, my office and the police chief's office immediately concluded that this officer's actions will not be tolerated in the City of McKeesport. She has been relieved of her duties, and her employment has been terminated.
Adamson claims the reason she used the racial slur is because the term was used loosely by people around her.
"Everyone that knows me knows I don’t have a racist bone in my body," Adamson said. "And people who don’t know me, I can understand why it was misconstrued to where it looks racist. But like I said, everyone who knows me knows I'm not racist.
"Again, it was a stupid mistake. It shouldn't have been posted in general, regardless of how my intentions were."