A decorated officer with the Redondo Beach (CA) Police Department now faces criminal charges of contempt of court and unlawfully possessing ammunition stemming from a workplace violence restraining order after the department discovered social media posts that were construed as threatening violence.
According to the Daily Breeze, 32-year-old Detective Patrick Shrum could lose his job over the posts made on Facebook last summer, pending the completion of an internal investigation.
Shrum—who received the department's Medal of Valor in 2017—was reportedly upset at colleagues who failed to show serious concern for his well-being as he was on leave for an on-duty injury.
Shrum wrote that some of his co-workers chose "career over brotherhood" and that those individuals should "watch your six" which department officials perceived as a threat.
The restraining order obtained by the department required that Shrum forfeit his personal firearms, and one day after the TRO was issued, police seized 56 firearms from his residence.
In November, Redondo Beach police officers searched the detective’s home again and found ammunition and a firearm, according to Debbie Shrum. Police arrested Patrick Shrum and he was criminally charged with contempt of court and unlawful possession of ammunition. He pleaded not guilty to both charges; a pretrial hearing is set for Wednesday, Jan. 29, according to court records, though Nigel Villanueva, Shrum’s attorney, said this week that the case would be continued for six months.