RALEIGH, N.C.— A North Carolina state trooper has been placed on administrative duty over an Instagram post that said police beatings are deserved.
State Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker tells the News and Observer that the agency is investigating Sgt. Jonathan K. Whitley, who’s been a trooper since 1996. The post by Instagram user “jkwhitley2608” says people beaten by police shouldn’t “get on TV in hopes of getting your check. The police already gave you what you deserved.”
The writer of the post also says he hates the public education system and “indoctrination centers known as college campuses.” It says he would never vote for a Democrat and “can’t wait” to vote for President Donald Trump again. It also says he didn’t own a slave and doesn’t owe anyone low-income housing assistance.
Associated Press, December 7, 2018, New York Post, “State trooper sidelined for defending police brutality”, https://nypost.com/2018/12/07/state-trooper-sidelined-for-defending-police-brutality/