Target: Jackson Police Department Chief Lee Vance
Goal: Fire officer who allegedly posted racist and misogynistic commentary on Twitter.
Women are “hoes” and black people are “coons,” according to comments allegedly made by Jackson, Mississippi police commander Tyree Jones on Twitter. While Jones is entirely within his Constitutional rights to have these bigoted views, he should not be allowed to be in a position of power from which to exercise them. Demand that he be fired at once from the Jackson Police Department.
Civil rights organizations have erupted with criticism over the comments allegedly made by Commander Jones on a Twitter profile reported to belong to him. The profile, which has since been deleted, is alleged to have contained a litany of racial, misogynistic, and religious slurs.
In one post dated after the recent apparent terror attacks in Garland, Texas, Jones referred to the attackers as “Mooslims” who, once “offended by the First Amendment,” were “quickly introduced to the Second Amendment.” The comments were superimposed on a photo of two bodybags being carried away by authorities.
Other remarks on the profile include several references to women as “hoes” and at least one reference to black people as “coons.” If Commander Jones’ actions in the field are influenced by his apparent prejudices as demonstrated on this Twitter profile, he is more of a public danger than a public servant. Sign the petition below to demand that Jones be fired from the Jackson Police Department at once for his alleged bigotry.
Dear Chief Vance,
I am writing you today regarding the alarming remarks allegedly made by one of your officers, Commander Tyree Vance. If these comments, which contain a litany of racial, misogynistic, and anti-Muslim slurs were truly made by him, he should not be a part of your police force.
Police around the country have rightfully fallen under increased scrutiny lately for their lax treatment of and responses to, to put it lightly, bad behavior in their ranks. Commander Jones’ alleged posts are symptomatic of that bad behavior.
He has reportedly called Muslims “Mooslims,” women “hoes,” and black people “coons.” While he has a right to freedom of belief and freedom of expression, we should all be concerned when law enforcement officers possess these kinds of views. They reflect deep-seated prejudices that can easily spill over into and color his actions as a commander in the field when interacting with members of those groups.
Because they have so much power, law enforcement officers need to be held to a high moral and ethical standard. Commander Jones’ alleged remarks show that he apparently falls woefully short of that standard. I demand that you fire him from your police department at once.
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