SHREVE, Ohio – A local police sergeant is on indefinite, unpaid suspension after a post he made on Facebook last week was perceived to be racist.
Shreve police Sgt. Robert Biddle, 34, wrote on Facebook: “Been at work for ONE HOUR and the monkeys have already exceeded their limit of snark I’m gonna take for the night. PUMP THE BRAKES, MONKEYS!”
The post was shared hundreds of times.
Police Chief Ron Kiner said he doesn’t believe Biddle, an 11-year veteran of the force, meant to be offensive.
“I’m sure there was nothing racist meant by that post,” Kiner said. “Because he’s just not like that.”
Kiner said Biddle was placed on indefinite unpaid suspension– not for the comments– but for using social media during work hours and referring to the duties of his job on Facebook.
The only call Biddle responded to prior to writing the Facebook post was a report of a white female with abdominal pain, according to Kiner.
“During the 11 years I’ve worked with him, I’ve never heard him make a racial slur and we’ve never had a complaint,” Kiner said.
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