The Byhalia Police Department in the state of Mississippi fired one of its officers after he posted a misogynistic meme on social media about Kamala Harris, according to Fox 13.
WREG first reported the post from Officer David Pannell which it said read “she will be an inspiration to young girls by showing if you sleep with the right powerfully connected men then you too can play second fiddle to a man with dementia. It’s basically a Cinderella story.”
Pannell immediately drew fire from the NAACP.
“Officer Pannell’s comments about the career ascendancy of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris were racist and misogynistic and unbecoming of a public servant that works in a city that is 45% African American,” a statement from the NAACP said to Fox 13.
Byhalia Police Chief Ben Moore says he launched an investigation as soon as he became aware of Pannell’s comments.
Appropriate disciplinary action was handled internally within the department. I can tell you that much,” said Byhalia Police Chief Ben Moore, according to WREG.
Fox13 reported Moore confirmed Pannell had been fired and said a formal announcement would be made at the Board of Alderman meeting on Nov. 17.
Harris, the first Black , Asian American and woman elected to the office of Vice President, has been the target of numerous racist and sexist social media posts.
The Mercury News reports that earlier this week the wife of Las Lomitas Elementary School District Board President Jon Venverloh tweeted “All she needs to be qualified is a Black (profanity)! No brain needed!” and implied that the Harris had “(profanity) her way to the top.”
Venverloh immediately resigned from leading the district north of San Jose.
“Given my wife’s social media posts … I know that my continued service would be a distraction from the work that needs to be done in the District over the two years remaining in my term,” he said.
He has been with the district since 2018.
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