Sher­iff’s deputy sus­pended for insen­si­tive com­ment

Face­book post re­ferred to re­cent fa­tal crashes

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

The Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice an­nounced Mon­day that an of­fi­cer had been sus­pended for mak­ing an in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­mark on Face­book a day af­ter four peo­ple were killed in three sep­a­rate car ac­ci­dents in the county.

Pfc. Rob Glover, a pa­trol offi- cer and 20-year veteran of the agency, has been sus­pended with pay, pend­ing fur­ther ad- min­is­tra­tive ac­tions, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment is­sued by Sher- iff Troy Berry (D). Though he did not iden­tify the of­fi­cer by name, it was con­firmed by an agency spokesper­son.

“[Ex­plicit] em, shouldn’t have been driv­ing that fast,” Glover posted on his per­sonal Face­book on Satur­day. An image of the post was cap­tured by an- other Face­book user be­fore it was deleted and shared by hun- dreds of oth­ers. Many were up- set by the insen­si­tive com­ment and de­manded dis­ci­plinary ac- tion from the sher­iff’s of­fice.

Sher­iff Berry posted a full state­ment on Face­book:

“Fri­day, March 3, 2017, was a hor­rific day in Charles Coun- ty. Three crashes, four deaths, and a per­son se­ri­ously in­jured. Young peo­ple with their en­tire lives ahead of them gone way too soon. And to make mat­ters worse, one of our own em­ploy- ees, a sworn of­fi­cer, made a re­mark on his per­sonal so­cial me­dia page that was highly in­ap­pro­pri­ate and ex­tremely in- sen­si­tive. His re­mark sad­dens me for many rea­sons. Mostly, be­cause it was hurt­ful, not only to the fam­i­lies of the de­ceased, but also to the men and women of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice who have worked so hard to pro­tect our young driv- ers through the WE CARE pro­gram and other ini­tia­tives.

“Since I be­came Sher­iff, my goal has been to fos­ter a rela- tion­ship with our com­mu­nity that is built on in­tegrity, re­spect, ser­vice, and com­pas­sion for oth­ers. One dis­gust­ing com- ment, one insen­si­tive sen­tence, and an of­fi­cer’s to­tal lack of judg­ment cer­tainly has the po­ten­tial to harm that re­la­tion­ship.

“When our ad­min­is­tra­tion was made aware of the com- ment, we reached out to the em­ployee, who ac­knowl­edged the post and in­di­cated he had al­ready re­moved it and is­sued an apology on his site. This em- ployee should have known bet- ter, as he was once as­signed to the very same unit that han­dles th­ese types of ac­ci­dent scenes. He has there­fore seen the im­pact that fa­tal car crashes have on fam­i­lies, friends, and the com­mu­nity at large.

“As your Sher­iff, I would like to ex­press my sin­cer­est apology to the cit­i­zens of Charles Coun- ty, and es­pe­cially to the fam­i­lies who are now grieving the loss of their loved ones. The com­ment that was made by one in­di­vid­ual does not re­flect the opin­ions of my­self nor the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. All of us here take this in­ci­dent very se­ri­ously.

“This morn­ing, I called the em­ployee into my of­fice and per­son­ally dealt with him in ref­er­ence to his com­ment. The em­ployee has been sus­pended pend­ing fur­ther ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tions.

“I ask that we all con­tinue to pray for the fam­i­lies and friends of the vic­tims. We will con­tinue work­ing di­rectly with them, as we have been, as their grieving con­tin­ues.”

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