Hopewell Township, NJ, has fired a police officer who described Black Lives Matter protesters as “terrorists” and will suspend and demote another for replying to a comment on the Facebook post.
The fired officer, Sara Erwin, and Sgt. Mandy Gray, who will be suspended for six months, are exemplary and decorated officers with “absolutely no disciplinary history,” their lawyer Frank Crivelli said Monday evening.
The town’s actions against them, he said, are “disgraceful and cowardice.”
Gray was the first female officer hired in Hopewell Township, and was the first sergeant when promoted in 2019 — a rank she will lose in the demotion, NJ.com reports.
Appeals are already underway in Superior Court for both, Crivelli said. That action will ague a number of things, including First Amendment issues.