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Florida Officer Fired After Calling Trayvon Martin a ‘Thug’ on Facebook
http://www.theblaze.com ^ | august 11, 2013 | Oliver Darcy

Posted on 08/11/2013 1:29:44 PM PDT by lowbridge

A Florida beach safety officer was fired on Friday after he referred to Trayvon Martin as a “thug” on his personal Facebook page.

Todd Snipes, a beach officer of 15 years who was stationed about 40 minutes from where Trayvon Martin was killed in Sanford, Fla., was initially suspended for the post he made on Facebook last month.

“Another thug gone,” Snipes wrote the night of George Zimmerman’s acquittal. “Pull up your pants and be respectful. Bye bye thug r.i.p.”

In his termination letter, Department of Public Protection Director George Recktenwald wrote that Snipes had “engaged in behavior that threatens the respect and trust of the community and jeopardizes the perception that the department enforces the law fairly, even-handedly and without bias,”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: facebook; facebookisthedevil; facebookistheevil; fired; florida; leo; saintskittles; socialistmedia; thoughtcrime; thoughtpolice; trayvonmartin; trayvonthug; truthhurts; workplace
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1 posted on 08/11/2013 1:29:44 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Bias? Look who’s talking about bias.


2 posted on 08/11/2013 1:31:29 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: lowbridge

I smell a huge lawsuit.


3 posted on 08/11/2013 1:31:48 PM PDT by clamper1797 (Evil WILL flourish when good men WILL not act)
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To: lowbridge

Blaspheming St. Skittles is now a firing offense. Good to know.


4 posted on 08/11/2013 1:36:10 PM PDT by Argus
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To: lowbridge
"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." George Orwell
5 posted on 08/11/2013 1:36:58 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: lowbridge
Well obviously not all of the LEO’s post are quoted in the article but I see nothing racial in the post in this article.

Thugs come in all shapes, sizes, races and creeds.

Not being saddened by the passing of a thug killed in the act of being a thug does not strike me as racist in any manner or showing racial bias.

I would think it was expected of a LEO to have little patients with thuggish behavior. .

6 posted on 08/11/2013 1:37:54 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Kartographer

A Qoute well worth remembering.


7 posted on 08/11/2013 1:39:00 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: lowbridge

I’m sure his guild or union rep will be jumping on this one with both feet.


8 posted on 08/11/2013 1:39:12 PM PDT by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: lowbridge

9 posted on 08/11/2013 1:39:51 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: lowbridge

And anyone notice how Aaron Hernandez has been completely left alone? Not one bad word, no death threats, nothing even though the evidence is quite compelling he killed a black man in cold blood.

But walking in the general direction of a black man for about a block and refusing to allow him to smash your head in? Oh *that* is blatant racism and therefore one must get 4000 death threats, be called every name in the book and even have a sitting US President take sides against you.


10 posted on 08/11/2013 1:40:01 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Kartographer

Hey, I like that quote!

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell.

Quite apropos.


11 posted on 08/11/2013 1:40:57 PM PDT by navymom1
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To: lowbridge

A LEO biased against thugs? What a crazy world we live in...


12 posted on 08/11/2013 1:42:31 PM PDT by TheDon (Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out.)
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To: Argus
Not only was the man deprived of his Free Speech rights, check out the painting supposedly depicting Zimmerman shooting Crayon Martin over on the right sidebar. It's hanging at the Florida State Capitol! It depicts Zimmerman as some sort of commando shooting Crayon in the back, instead of fighting for his life while having his head banged against concrete. How outrageous is that? Obviously those people who decide what to exhibit there left their brains at the door. It was painted by someone named Huong.

What on earth is wrong with Florida now? Don't they have anything better to do than hang provocative junk which is bound to incite further violence like that up? Zimmerman went through the legal system, he was found not guilty, why is he being made the scapegoat for every and any black/white or black/Hispanic act of violence? Where's the painting showing how the white baby got shot in his little face by a black animal while sitting in his stroller? Where's the painting showing the 3 black kids who beat up a white kid on a school bus?


13 posted on 08/11/2013 1:46:50 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: lowbridge
In his termination letter, Department of Public Protection Director George Recktenwald wrote "WHACHA GONNA DO ABOUT IT, CRACKUH!"

There probably more accurate...

14 posted on 08/11/2013 1:49:26 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I could care less if you have one...)
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To: EinNYC
Where's the painting showing how the white baby got shot in his little face by a black animal while sitting in his stroller? Where's the painting showing the 3 black kids who beat up a white kid on a school bus?

I hope some artists are working on those.

15 posted on 08/11/2013 1:50:06 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: clamper1797
I smell a huge lawsuit.

My first thought, too. Once in awhile, nothing will get the job done but at assault lawyer.

16 posted on 08/11/2013 1:54:44 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: lowbridge

Thought crimes


17 posted on 08/11/2013 1:56:05 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: JoeProBono

Looks like a thug to me.


18 posted on 08/11/2013 2:02:24 PM PDT by boycott
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To: lowbridge
"Todd Snipes, a beach officer of 15 years ...Department of Public Protection Director George Recktenwald..."

So I take it that Mr. Snipes was a public employee. First Amendment or not, posting stuff like that under his own name was almost as dumb as bringing Skittles to a gunfight.

19 posted on 08/11/2013 2:02:55 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: EinNYC

I predict the patriot who defaces the Trayvon mural will do time


20 posted on 08/11/2013 2:10:03 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Obama lies, smokes, blasphemes, eats pork, reads your mail, eavesdrops and drinks during Ramadan)
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To: EinNYC

A simple example of Marxist agitprop.

I am careful about expressing my actual views, since we are now an occupied nation. It has been taken over by those philosophically allied with the former KGB and Stasi. During my last years in Minnesota, I had to put up an act of being a Kool-Aid drinking leftist, yet would still be found out since 1) I had lived in Texas for a while, a place which they hate and 2) one of my clients was Flint Hills Resources, a.k.a. “the EVIL KOCH BROTHERS”. No Facebook, and not even a hint that I disagreed with Obama (not welcome in many social/business/retail situations up there). I am back in Texas, and pray the texas does not become culturally lost.


21 posted on 08/11/2013 2:13:09 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: Sooth2222

Stop posting things on Facebook. In fact, stop using Facebook. If you are not careful about using Facebook, it will cause you all sorts of problems on the job and in your real-life, non-virtual relationships. Just my two cents.


22 posted on 08/11/2013 2:15:32 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Argus
"Blaspheming St. Skittles is now a firing offense."

It's the latest thought crime. It's known as "Tray-cism".

23 posted on 08/11/2013 2:15:33 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: MrBambaLaMamba

You are right. They would then be able to point to the defaced painting and have something else inflammatory to complain about. It’d have to be the whole Capitol building defaced, just to be even-handed enough for these brain dead folks, LOL. Why not contact the Brain Dead in Chief, the Florida guvnor and complain about the waste of taxpayer dollars and the obvious prejudice of the state of Florida being shown against the legal system?


24 posted on 08/11/2013 2:16:50 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: boycott

Me too


25 posted on 08/11/2013 2:19:41 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Fred Hayek

I don’t do Facebook. I think it’s an exercise in narcissism. I don’t need to publicize my life to anyone, thank you. And, as you pointed out, it’s been publicized in the media so many times as a source for incriminating material. You’d think folks would have learned by now. Don’t share your private thoughts where they can be used by employers, etc. against you.


26 posted on 08/11/2013 2:20:08 PM PDT by EinNYC
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27 posted on 08/11/2013 2:20:13 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: lowbridge

I guess the truth must really hurt.Though when your working for a Law Enforcement agency you have to be diplomatic at all times and use your words wisely.


28 posted on 08/11/2013 2:20:14 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: EinNYC

And most of all...NEVER announce on FB that you are leaving town to go on vacation.

Burglars monitor FB to know when people won’t be home.


29 posted on 08/11/2013 2:21:52 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: lowbridge

Three cheers for Todd! Freedom of speech is not free in a black-fearing society. No bias ????


30 posted on 08/11/2013 2:26:38 PM PDT by imardmd1 (Fiat Lux)
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To: clamper1797

Truth is the answer...Was trayvon a thug or was he not a thug?


31 posted on 08/11/2013 2:27:36 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: lowbridge
As sorry as Bill Clinton was, I never once feared for my job when I was writing letters to the Editor criticizing him....and I worked for a government agency. People would just laugh about it and chuckle at some of my more pointed barbs. I would get on the old Prodigy political boards, and gleefully mix it up with Regressive Leftists without fear.

However, under Obama, I've heard people say over and over, not only to me but other people who criticize Obama, "You need to watch what you post on Facebook (or what you write to the newspaper, or put on a message board)". Obama's minions are putting a clamp on 1st Amendment rights.

32 posted on 08/11/2013 2:30:56 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. DonÂ’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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33 posted on 08/11/2013 2:35:39 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: lowbridge

Do we have an email address for this turd?


34 posted on 08/11/2013 2:40:07 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: lowbridge

the PC term for violent criminals is “troubled youth”


35 posted on 08/11/2013 2:41:24 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: lowbridge

For Conservatives it is not free speech if it involves a vile act, death threat, or generally an intentional act to debase religious beliefs or race of a person.

For Libomatards it is anything that tells the truth or is against what they say is the truth


36 posted on 08/11/2013 2:41:24 PM PDT by Ponyexpress9790
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To: Steve_Seattle

Which one?


37 posted on 08/11/2013 2:41:49 PM PDT by sport
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To: MrBambaLaMamba
"I predict the patriot who defaces the Trayvon mural will do time."

I hope some does deface it, and I will contribute to the legal defense.
38 posted on 08/11/2013 2:43:46 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: sport

Which one? The one who did the firing.


39 posted on 08/11/2013 2:53:56 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: lowbridge

If it’s as simple as described here, he’s got a great case to get his job back.


40 posted on 08/11/2013 3:04:04 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: lowbridge

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act” ~ George Orwell


41 posted on 08/11/2013 3:13:51 PM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? Soon we'll have both!)
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To: Kartographer

As you say...


42 posted on 08/11/2013 3:14:13 PM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? Soon we'll have both!)
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To: EinNYC

That painting looks to me like it depicts Martin Luther King being assassinated from behind by Mr. Zimmerman.

BAD TASTE. PURE REVISIONIST HATE PROPAGANDA. Approved by The State.


43 posted on 08/11/2013 3:15:09 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

I hope it is approved by the state, because it is excellent grounds for a mega lawsuit.


44 posted on 08/11/2013 3:16:50 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: lowbridge

Obama’s son was a thug.


45 posted on 08/11/2013 3:28:03 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: lowbridge
"Department of Public Protection Director George Recktenwald," that title says all you need to hear right there.

Zimmerman is not guilty

Fact is, Martin was a thug who was trying to severely beat or kill a Hispanic man that he felt looked at him wrong, and he died a thug's death with a bullet to the heart.

AMERICA AT THE CROSSROADS OF HISTORY

46 posted on 08/11/2013 3:44:16 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: lowbridge
Interesting.

More and more I'm seeing someone fired for some perceived slight to anything considered sacrosanct by the Left. But if one commits an "offense" against the Right, it is probably never reported, or if so, gleefully by the "news" media. And.... the offender is probably promoted!

47 posted on 08/11/2013 4:19:06 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: lowbridge

The lawyers must be lining up.


48 posted on 08/11/2013 4:26:52 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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To: clamper1797

Hope he wins big time.


49 posted on 08/11/2013 4:32:06 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: lowbridge
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50 posted on 08/11/2013 4:37:14 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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