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Auxiliary Officer Resigns Over Controversial Comments Posted To Social Media

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Fairview Park, Ohio, auxiliary officer Aaron McNamara has been forced to resign after controversial comments were found on his YouTube, Twitter, and Google+ accounts.

McNamara worked as an unpaid auxiliary officer while finishing his college degree this semester with hopes of becoming a federal agent, and recently went through training with Ohio State Highway Patrol, reports Inquisitr.

His options for the future are now unknown after controversial comments were discovered on his social media accounts.

The YouTube video "Hood Fight" demonstrates one comment made by McNamara in regards to slavery.

“Abolishing slavery was the worst thing we could have done. These people should be exterminated… Unbelievable,” McNamara said.

On yet another YouTube video, entitled “Skate Park Fight,” McNamara said:

“I wish I could go back to their age and beat the living s**t out of that n****r with the tapout shirt,” McNamara commented.

The comments did not stop there, as he also talked about gays on the video “Cameras Capture Brutal Cop Taking Down Agent Derrick While Bicycling Home.”

"THE COPS WERE DOING THEIR JOBS! YOU WANTED TO BE MR. FUNNY GUY AND NOT STOP!AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE FUCKING PATHETIC AND IGNORANT FOR ASKING THE SAME QUESTION OVER AND OVER 'WHY IS HE BEING ARRESTED?!' BECAUSE THE FEMININE FAGGOT WAS ELUDING THE POLICE AND FAILING TO STOP! DUMB ASS GENERATION!" McNamara wrote.

Using his Google+ account, McNamara commented on the story of 12-year-old Tamir E. Rice’s death by an officer-involved shooting.

“If you happen to care enough, you should all look up the boy’s mother’s facebook profile,” McNamara wrote. “She has one of her young sons posing with handguns in each hand and shirts on quoting “living the high life” and the caption of the picture states “my lil’ cuzin said for whoever disrespects.

“The parents should be investigated and charged for the murder of their son. It is absolutely ridiculous that the police are criticized for this! Who knows what kind of terrible path this.”

Cleveland Scene confronted McNamara via direct message on Twitter about his remarks. He initially denied it was him who made the comments. 

"That is not my account,” McNamara responded. "I'm not the only Aaron McNamara in this world."

That statement ultimately blew-up in the his face when it was pointed out to him that the profile picture being used was the same one on the Fairview Park Police Department’s website, and other comments he had made referenced him being a Cleveland-area cop.

Before Cleveland Scene was blocked from viewing McNamara’s Twitter account they recovered tweets he made about the riots in Ferguson, Missouri after the grand jury’s decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown.

"You'll burn the American flag but you're quick to cash that Obama check! Parasites,” one tweet by McNamara read.

McNamara’s Twitter account is now private and cannot be seen by the general public, and his header picture has been changed from one of him in uniform to the skyline of Cleveland.

The YouTube and Google+ accounts were deactivated and deleted within minutes of Cleveland Scene’s contact with McNamara.

In McNamara’s resignation letter he admits to posting racial remarks:

I, Aaron McNamara was recently informed of the racial remarks I posted on Youtube.com in my juvenile years. The comments I made in those particular videos were a product of my youth and immaturity; by no means am I a prejudice individual. I am an advocate for equality, and I am highly disappointed in myself for the statements I had previously made. I cannot recollect of the most recent comment I was accused of making in February, 2014, but I am not denying the claim.

By no means do the comments I had previously made represent the beliefs of the Fairview Park Police Dept. I have striven to the best of my capabilities to support the city of Fairview Park, and help better community relations with all individuals, from all walks of life.

At my current age of (20), I am ashamed of myself for making those particular remarks, and I am extremely regretful of it. if there was any way possible I could retract those statements, I would be glad to do so.

All prejudice remarks were strictly on Youtube.com. I have a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and I have never made a racial slur on any of those networks.

I am also confirming that I am resigning from the Fairview Park Police Auxiliary Unit.

Aaron McNamara

The Fairview Police Department confirmed an investigation was concluded in McNamara’s case and his resignation was requested. The press release read in-part:

The City of Fairview Park does not tolerate this type of conduct from any person working or volunteering for this city. During his brief tenure with our agency, the volunteer never displayed any prejudicial leanings, nor did any arise during his background check. In the course of the investigation, he was interviewed, and upon it's conclusion, was asked to resign. He is no longer a member of our agency.

Sources: Cleveland Scene, Inquisitr / Photo Source: Cleveland Scene