A policeman based in Cumbria has lost his job for ‘gross misconduct’ after allegedly making a comment on Facebook about ‘wrapping terrorists in bacon.’
According to media reports online, it was judged that his comment could have caused a great deal of offence to Muslims, and the strongest possible action was taken which resulted in his employment being terminated.
According to a report in Breitbart:
Ross Lister, a serving PC in Barrow-in-Furness for three years, was dismissed following a Misconduct Special Case Hearing at Cumbria Constabulary headquarters, the North-West Evening Mail reported Tuesday.
Speaking at the hearing, Chief Constable Jerry Graham said: “The conduct admitted by PC Lister today … refers to a Facebook post that he wrote that he either knew or should have known, or at least reasonably have foreseen, would have caused offence and be considered derogatory to members of the Muslim faith and by people of other faiths and none.
“PC Lister’s behaviour and judgement has fallen so far below the standards expected that I have decided to dismiss him from the constabulary without notice.”
The exact contents of the comment, which was left on another post and deleted days later, were not made public during the course of the trial.
According to the paper, the comment in question was on a post about the consequences for terrorists, former PC Lister wrote: “What? Wrap them in bacon?”
Apparently the comment itself didn’t meet the ‘threshold’ required for a prosecution in line with other people who have been prosecuted in recent months for posting racially-aggravating material online.
This is always going to be a danger for people in recognised positions of authority and it was judged on this occasion that his work as a police officer could have been undermined as a result of the public reaction to the comment itself.
It serves as a reminder for the wider public as well that nothing posted online, even if it is to ‘friends only,’ is ever truly anonymous.
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