Rehoboth Beach police officer fired for 'inappropriate, racially based' social media post


Brandon Holveck

Rehoboth Beach police fired a seasonal officer for an "inappropriate, racially based" social media post, the department said Saturday night in a press release.

Lt. Jaime Riddle, Rehoboth Beach police's public information officer, said the department will not share the post's image or text or the identity of the fired officer. In explaining the decision, Riddle said the department "will not amplify this type of unprofessional and discourteous behavior."

According to the release, Rehoboth Beach police became aware of the post Saturday afternoon when alerted by "internal law enforcement resources." The post has been circulated widely, the release said

Contrary to some social media posts, the fired officer is not a New Castle County officer, Master Cpl. Michel Eckerd said. Eckerd could not confirm the officer's identity.

Rehoboth Beach police said the post was in violation of the department's code of ethics, which requires employees to keep their private lives "unsullied as an example to all," and conduct themselves in a way that does not "discredit" the agency.

The department said that racism will not be tolerated and argued that the actions of one employee do not "discredit" the contributions of others within the department.

"It is our hope that the efficient investigation and adjudication of this incident demonstrates our mission to enhance public safety by working with our diverse community to improve their quality of life," Riddle wrote.

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