A Houston police sergeant who posted racist feedback on social media retired Monday forward of a scheduled disciplinary listening to, in accordance with police.
Sgt. Robert Clasen, a 25-year veteran of the Houston Police Division, was relieved of obligation following a prolonged rant Thursday that blamed African Individuals for systemic racism.
Police discovered of the publish Friday. The next day, Clasen was served with a discover of a disciplinary evaluation listening to set for 11 a.m. Monday that may have included Houston Police Chief Artwork Acevedo and members of the command employees. Nonetheless, Clasen submitted his letter of retirement efficient 10 a.m. Monday, police mentioned.
Clasen’s rant apparently was triggered by nationwide protests over the killing by the hands of Minneapolis police of George Floyd, a longtime Third Ward resident George Floyd. Clasen argued that officers have tailored in current a long time to the wants of the neighborhood, similar to carrying physique cameras and reporting use-of-force to supervisors.
In his publish, he additionally blamed blacks for social injustices, saying they haven’t taken the wanted steps to interrupt the cycle of poverty.
“Cease scaring your children: The cops aren’t out to kill them, they’re right here to assist and shield them,” Clasen wrote. “White folks don’t hate them and no person is out to get them.”
He added: “The Black Neighborhood wants a BIG GIANT MIRROR and it wants to face in entrance of that mirror and say individually, I’m the issue. Not the cops, not the system, not racism, not white folks, not Donald Trump, I’m the issue and I’m the answer.”
Houston Police Officers Union President Joe Gamaldi denounced the publish as “vile.”
Nicole Hensley contributed to this report.
— to www.chron.com