A New Jersey police officer named Sara Erwin has been fired after calling Black Lives Matter protesters “terrorists” who didn’t care if she died. Her lawyer characterized the move as “pandering to the far left.”
According to NJ.com, Hopewell Township Police Officer Sara Erwin was formally let go on Friday,April 30 after the town committee unanimously approved a hearing officer’s recommendation.
Her age is unknown.
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Meanwhile, their attorney Frank Crivelli told the New York Post on Tuesday, May 4, that another cop, Sgt Mandy Grey, was demoted and suspended for six months for simply responding to a comment on Erwin’s June 2020Facebook post. Crivelli said of Grey, “The fact that she supported her position as a fellow officer, that was the reason that they actually suspended her,”
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Erwin posted on Facebook under the name Sara Elizabeth that her children were asking her not to go to work on June 8, 2020, two weeks after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis sparked violent protests.
Erwin wrote, “I don’t think I’ve ever felt the way I did last night,”
“And then I watched people I know and others I care about going into harm’s way. I love police family like my own.”
The former cop encouraged internet users to “think” before posting on social media. The post continued, “I’ve seen so many black lives matter hashtags in these posts,”
“Just to let you know — they are terrorists. They hate me. They hate my uniform. They don’t care if I die.”
According to a June 2020 report in The Trentonian, at least six township employees, including five members of the police department, were put on leave for appearing to endorse Erwin’s terms.
The workers were identified as Grey, Detective Mark Panzano, Officers Erwin, and John Ferner, dispatcher Gregory Peck, and public works truck driver Steve Harbat, according to the newspaper. While now-retired Hopewell Township Police Chief Lance Maloney refused to name them at the time, a source identified them as Grey, Detective Mark Panzano, Officers Erwin, and John Ferner, dispatcher Gregory Peck, and public works truck driver Steve Harbert.
According to the paper, Erwin urged everyone who supported Black Lives Matter to “unfriend” her right away, prompting Panzano, Grey, Ferner, Peck, and Harbat to endorse the article.
Grey had been promoted to sergeant the previous year, according to The New York Post. Panzano, for his conduct during a house fire earlier that month, had received a letter of commendation.
Erwin’s post was reviewed by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, but no criminal charges were filed. Instead, on April 30, the township shot her. However, Erwin and Grey have filed appeals in superior court, citing First Amendment issues. Erwin wants her job back, according to Crivelli, and Grey wants her rank reinstated and her six-month suspension lifted.
Panzano, Ferner, Peck, and Harbat, meanwhile, issued written reprimands but continued to work for the township.