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Police: Texas officer fired for 'racially insensitive meme'

Fort Worth police say they've fired a veteran officer for posting a “racially insensitive meme” on Facebook that was widely criticized last month

Officer Roger Ballard was given a “indefinite suspension,” which a spokesman described as “equivalent to termination,” for violating the department's general orders, according to the statement. It said that after hearing about the post on Sept. 20, “Internal Affairs quickly began an investigation and concluded that Officer Roger Ballard was responsible for posting the racially insensitive meme containing a photo which led to numerous complaints and public outrage.”

Internal affairs investigators are also looking into a second officer’s involvement.

The meme showed a photo of a Black man in a casket accompanied by the text, "The face you make when you don’t understand ‘Stop resisting,'” according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The paper cites screenshots of the post on a personal Facebook page that has since been deactivated.

The Fort Worth Police Officers’ Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It was not immediately clear if Ballard has an attorney.

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