SAN JOSE, Calif. (TheBlaze/AP) — A San Jose police officer who was fired last year for posting comments online that threaten to kill any anti-police protestors who threaten him or his family is back on the force.
The San Jose Mercury News reports Phillip White rejoined the San Jose Police Department on Feb. 10 after convincing an independent arbitrator that termination was too harsh a punishment for his actions.
White posted several comments to his Twitter account in December 2014 saying he would kill any anti-police protesters who threatened his family. He appeared to challenge demonstrators to confront him.
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White's most inflammatory tweets, during a heated back-and-forth with other users critical of his string of comments criticizing Black Lives Matter demonstrations, included: "Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you. #CopsLivesMatter" and "By the way, if anyone feels they can't breathe or their lives matter, I'll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun."
The department initially suspended him, and community activists demanded his dismissal. He was fired in October.
SJPD Acting Chief Eddie Garcia says White won't be on patrol and has been assigned to administer the department's body-worn camera program.