TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A Terre Haute Police Officer has served six days suspension without pay because of a social media post.
News 10 has obtained documentation from the City of Terre Haute that it detailed the suspension of Brad Newman.
It mentioned a complaint that Newman had made a post that was racist and promoted genocide.
It went on to say that Newman said the intent of his post did not come out correctly and he was wrong. He went on to say he holds no bias against any race nor nationality.
Police leaders say the post violated the city's social media policy and code of ethics. They suspended him for six days earlier this month without pay. The last day was Wednesday of this week. He will also undergo social media training.
UPDATE: Newman sent a letter to News 10. The full text is as follows:
On Dec. 6, 2020, I posted remarks on my personal social media account regarding the COVID-19 pandemic that were insensitive. Like so many across the country and in our community, I’ve been personally and professionally impacted by this ongoing health crisis and my frustration got the better of me. I should have been more thoughtful in my choice of words.
I am sorry to anyone hurt by these comments and for creating the misconception that I am biased against any race or ethnicity. I regret any embarrassment my remarks may have caused my colleagues at the Terre Haute Police Department, the Vigo County Clerk’s Office, my family, my friends and the community which I am proud to serve each and every day.
I will be taking time away from social media to reflect on and learn from this incident.
Again, my apologies to you all.