MCKEESPORT, Pa. – A Pennsylvania police officer is out of a job after a social media post that included a racial slur went viral.
The officer, Melissa Adamson, had been hired as a part-time officer who was training as a probationary employee, reports WTAE. Adamson took a photo showing herself in uniform with the caption, “I’m the law today n—-.“
McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko took to Facebook this week after the selfie came to his attention. He wrote that the post “displays a degree of conduct and character that is far different from what I would expect from an officer in this city.”
Calling it “unacceptable,” he said the officer’s actions would have swift consequences.
“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,” Cherepko wrote.
Adamson also worked as a part-time officer in Versailles, Pa. She resigned from that post in the wake of the controversy.
Adamson told WTAE that the post was being misinterpreted.
“Everyone that knows me knows I don’t have a racist bone in my body,” Adamson told the TV station. “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.”
She apologized for the post, calling it a “stupid mistake” and saying she shouldn’t have posted it, no matter what her intentions were.