LMDC officer who made controversial Facebook post will keep his job

Published: Oct. 12, 2016 at 12:18 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Metro Corrections officer who posted a controversial meme on Facebook will not lose his job as a result of the incident.

In July, Sgt. Derek Hale posted a photo of a white police officer with the text, "If we wanted you dead all we'd have to do is stop patrolling your neighborhoods... and wait." Hale's own caption on the post read, "Ha ... truth."

Hale was immediately suspended when LMDC officials learned about the Facebook post. The first two weeks were unpaid and he's been on paid leave since July 27.

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LMDC Director Mark Bolton handed down Hale's official disciplinary decision on Tuesday, imposing a 29-day suspension and removing Hale's rank as sergeant.

In a letter to Hale, Bolton acknowledged the violations Hale committed and said he jeopardized the trust and accountability of Metro Corrections. Bolton also instructed Hale to complete implicit bias training.

>> MORE: Read LMDC Director Mark Bolton's letter to Derek Hale

The Fraternal Order of Police has supported Derek Hale and opposed the proposed discipline against him. FOP President Tracy Dotson issued the following statement to WAVE 3 News:

"The FOP feels these further sanctions against Sgt Hale are ridiculously out of bounds and in no way representative of fairness or consistency in the way LMDC is handling Sgt Hale in comparison to either our CBA with the city or similar cases both within and without the department."

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