The decision to charge a female police officer currently on suspension, for posting a “grossly offensive message” on social media in the lead up to the Black Lives Matter protest march in Bermuda, has sparked a slew of criticism.
In a statement issued on Monday (August 31), the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) confirmed that the Department of Public Prosecutions has approved a charge of “sending a grossly offensive message via a public electronic communications service, contrary to section 68(1) of the Electronic Communications Act 2011″ against PC Barbi Harris.
A spokesman said: “PC Harris remains on suspension from active duty.
“No further comment will be made pending the outcome of the anticipated court matter.”
One woman said: “We don’t have the money or time for this case…..BPS has a hand book now deal with her. What happens if she gets off and wins her case…..more HURT coming!”
Another woman wrote: “I agree the court system is a mockery that only benefits the lawyers involved and the police system is a farce to allow a police officer to make such a discriminatory public statement on FB and keep her on the payroll.”
And another blogger said: “If The DDP feel that they have enough evidence to take the case to court; that in itself show that the picture that she posted was both racist & offensive. She should be fired Immediately for GROSS MISCONDUCT and sent back to the USA.