It’s impossible for White law enforcement officers to build trust in Black communities when they feel free to use the n-word in racially disparaging humor. Some officers just don’t get it.
Under pressure, the assistant chief of the Estherwood Police Department resigned after sharing a racist meme on Facebook, KADN-TV reports.
In the Louisiana officer’s meme, a mother holds the back of her baby daughter’s head under water in a bathtub. The sick punchline reads: “When your daughter’s first crush is little ni**er boy.”
Estherwood Police Chief Ernest Villejoin suspended his assistant, Wayne Welsh, saying that Welsh’s “statements don’t reflect Estherwood police,” the news outlet said.
Villejoin told KADN-TV that he and Welsh have been friends for years and was surprised by the post.
“When I found out about it, I couldn’t believe; I had to call him. I called him at work and asked him what the hell is going on,” the chief stated.
Welsh apologized and removed the offensive post—but only after defending it, KATC-TV reported.
He complained in a separate post about the “race card” and the “Facebook police.”
“It’s not against the law to share something on Facebook. It’s social media. Internet,” he posted, according to KATC-TV.
He failed to understand that it’s not OK for a law enforcement officer, especially a high-ranking one, to indulge in racism while enforcing the law in the community they denigrate.