‘Who do we call when the murderer wear the badge’: Massachusetts detective, 30, is fired over Black Lives Matter post that suggested people should shoot back at the police
- A Massachusetts police detective has been fired after she shared an Instagram photo of her niece taking part in a Black Lives Matter protest
- The posting by detective Florissa Fuentes, 30, saw two people holding signs one of which read, ‘Who do we call when the murderer wears the badge?’
- Another sign suggested that people should shoot back at police
- Fuentes had only been with the Springfield Police Department for a year and was promoted to the rank of detective a few months ago
- Although Fuentes claimed to share the posting to show support of her niece she received warnings from her colleagues about the possible implications
- She was later fired by the police commissioner as a result of the Instagram post
A Massachusetts police detective who posted on social media a picture of her niece at a Black Lives Matter event holding a sign that suggested protesters shoot back at police officers, has been fired.
Rookie Springfield Detective Florissa Fuentes, 30, explained that the post was made on a personal account while she was off duty.
She said she was showing pride in her niece’s activism at a late May protest in Atlanta and does not advocate violence against police.
One of the signs being held at the protest read, ‘Who do we call when the murderer wear the badge?’
Florissa Fuentes, 30, a Massachusetts police detective has been fired after she shared an Instagram photo of her niece taking part in a Black Lives Matter protest
‘After I posted it, I started getting calls and texts from coworkers,’ Fuentes said to The Republican. ‘I was initially confused, but then I realized they thought I was being anti-cop. I wasn’t. I was just supporting my niece’s activism. I had no malicious intent, and I wouldn’t put a target on my own back.’
‘You have a lot of haters. You’re going to get in trouble,’ one co-worker told her.
Fuentes then removed the post but the head of the detective bureau wrote her up and she was called by her Captain, Trent Duda, citing a ‘possible’ social media violation.
‘I said, “Cap, I already know why you’re calling. I’m sorry. I meant no malicious intent and I already took it down,” Fuentes said . ‘Capt. Duda said Commissioner Clapprood was mad and wanted to see me the next day, but hoped if said exactly what I said to him, I should be fine.’
The posting by detective Florissa Fuentes, 30, saw two people holding signs one of which read, ‘Who do we call when the murderer wears the badge?’
Fuentes had only been with the Springfield Police Department for a year and was promoted to the rank of detective a few months ago
After deleting the post, she then sent a private Facebook message to her colleagues.
“To my fellow officers, I recently shared a post that a family member had posted of themselves protesting the recent death of George Floyd. I did not share this photo with any malicious intent and I should have thought of how others might perceive it. I apologize to all of those who I have offended. I am not anti-cop. I wear my badge proudly and have committed my life and career to being a police officer,’ she wrote.
Nevertheless, some co-workers did not take kindly to the followup.
‘Please stay as far away from me as you can,’ adding that she was ‘either too dangerous or too stupid to safely associate with.’
Supervisors at the police department expressed their disappointment at Fuentes actions who had only been sworn in last July.
She was told that she could either resign or be fired and turned in her badge and gun after being fired on June 19 by Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
‘That post was hurtful to many of her coworkers,’ Clapprood said, noting that as a rookie Fuentes was still on probation and the post was the second issue she had.
‘I took this job to give back to the community — to the city that raised me,’ Fuentes who is a single mother of three, said to The Republic. ‘If I could get my job back, I would take it in a heartbeat.’