Sheriff’s deputy suspended for insensitive comment
Facebook post referred to recent fatal crashes
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.”