Target: Joe Hall, Bartow Police Chief
Goal: Relieve officer who allegedly compared former President Obama to a gorilla.
A police officer in Florida posted racist remarks on her social media profile, comparing former President Obama to a gorilla. Officer Christina Arribas of the Bartow Police Department made this remark in November of last year, during the election, but it is just coming to light now and troubling many in her community, especially African American citizens.
Arribas’s comments are racist and demonstrate a lack of respect. If she makes such blatant racist statements on Facebook, how is she likely to treat African Americans and other racial minorities in her community that she vowed to protect? Her judgment cannot be trusted.
Arribas has been suspended for three days with pay. However, it was not for her remarks but instead for wearing her uniform in Facebook photos. Arribas has demonstrated that she would not treat citizens equally under the law and should not be given the opportunity to work for a community that she won’t protect. Sign the petition to demand that she be fired for her racist remarks.
Dear Chief Hall,
After her alleged racist remarks about President Obama, comparing him to a gorilla, Officer Christina Arribas should be relieved of her duties. She should not have a role in your police department. She has shown herself unable to treat others equally, regardless of ethnicity or race.
Over the past few years, more light has been shined upon racism inherent in some American police departments. If an officer shows racist tendencies, he or she should not be given a weapon. He or she should not be given a badge and authority over others because he or she has demonstrated an unwillingness to protect all citizens equally. I demand that Officer Arribas no longer be a member of the Bartow Police Department.
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Photo Credit: Scott Davidson