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Police officer fired over racist Facebook post comparing Melania Trump to Michelle Obama

Incoming first lady Melania Trump, left, and first lady Michelle Obama. (Mandel Ngan, Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

A police officer in Alabama was fired after he shared at least two racist posts on Facebook.

Officer Joel Husk of the Talledaga Police Department was relieved of duty after Husk shared two racially charged posts, Talladega City Manager Patrick Bryant said. The first post was from the "Last American Patriots" Facebook page and read, “Over 620,000 white people died to free black slaves and still to this day not even 1 thank you."

The second post was shared from a Facebook page titled "Donald Trump, the Political Movement." It showed a picture of incoming first lady Melania Trump with the caption “fluent in Slovenian, English, French, Serbian and German” beside a picture of first lady Michelle Obama with the caption “fluent In ghetto," Talladega's Daily Home newspaper reported.

The TPD responded in a statement saying it would not tolerate such conduct by any employee, adding that it takes seriously its responsibility to treat every person equally.

For the police especially, they have to guarantee the rights of everyone, regardless of race, creed, gender, religion, etc. Any time someone makes a statement like that that is biased, insensitive or derogatory, that reflects negatively on the department and all agencies of the city.

Our responsibility is to our residents, to provide service to everyone. That especially includes law enforcement. The community trusts them to provide a vital service fairly. If a comment or post reflects a level of bias that says they cannot provide that service fairly, then we have to act.

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