A Reynoldsburg Police officer has been fired after complaints from her community about racially insensitive posts on Facebook. According to WBNS-10TV:
48-year-old Katherine Mielke shared a cartoon that showed a black person with overly exaggerated facial features and corn rows, being arrested near a violent crime scene while a crowd of onlookers, with similar features, complained about alleged police brutality. That’s according to an investigative report obtained by 10TV under a public records request.
The report also stated Mielke shared a joke on her personal Facebook page captioned, “Chinese Sick Leave,” which made fun of a communication breakdown by a Chinese man who struggled with the English language.
The report states several people in the community first noticed the Facebook posts. Those complaints were brought to the attention of another Reynoldsburg Police Officer, who ultimately filed a formal discrimination complaint with the police department.
Locals filed complaints with the City of Reynoldsburg who then hired a law firm to investigate the merit of the allegations. After their findings were released it was determined that Mielke’s posts would have the ‘potential for long term damage’ to the city government and it’s police division.
Mielke was a well known and liked officer in the community, which officials said made her actions all the more detrimental to the department. Her shameful dismissal comes after a 22 year stint with the department.
This would put the beginning of her career right after the Reynoldsburg Police Department was taken to court in 1992 after forming what officers referred to as SNAT, the Special Nigger Arrest Team’. It would appear that a culture of racism has plagued the department for many years, something unlikely to end with the firing of one individual officer, or even many.