Police dispatcher fired amid Facebook flap
Board fires Detroit-area dispatcher who officials say made derogatory statements on Facebook
A suburban Detroit police dispatcher who officials say made derogatory statements about a police department on Facebook has been fired.
The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens reports the Board of Trustees in Macomb County's Clinton Township announced its decision following a closed meeting with Shannon Choppa. Officials also claim she failed to show up for work without a legitimate excuse.
The 42-year-old Utica woman left the Tuesday meeting without commenting to the newspaper. There was no telephone listing for Choppa in Utica.
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The statements on the social networking website were comments related to the death of a family friend who drowned in the Clinton River after running from police. The statements didn't name the department, but officials said people familiar with the situation could link them to the department.
According to the Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens the post read, in part:
I can’t seem to let go of the pain of knowing that nearly a dozen people you work with chase your friend’s 25 yo (25-year-old) son into the Clinton River, listen to him beg and scream for help because he was drowning. Mocked him while he tried to stay afloat and then ask me what the name of the ‘Bobber’ they pulled from the river. Yeah, they let him drown. He’s dead.
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