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Campus officers fired for offensive, allegedly private memes

Nearly 10 campus cops dismissed

Multiple campus police officers at a private university were dismissed after sharing, allegedly in a private forum, numerous offensive jokes and images.

Hampton University, a private, historically black school in Hampton, Virginia, “fired nine of its police officers for allegedly sharing ‘misogynistic, racist and other offensive remarks’ on social media,” WAVY reports.

The group of dismissed cops “includes 4 African-American males, one African-American female, and four Caucasian males. Their seniority ranged from rookie to 14 years, and were ranked from officer to supervisor.”

But the claim that the posts were shared “on social media” was disputed by the cops: “[T]he officers disputed that the messages were on social media, and said they were shared only through direct texts or group texts.”

According to a termination letter obtained by WAVY, the campus’s deputy chief of police described the “meme wars” in which the officers participated as “a jovial release of photographs and captions designed to levy insults at others in the group as well as persons outside the group.”

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