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How can you help people when you’re too busy talking about them on Facebook? This 911 operator was not happy about her daily interactions with African American people in need and decided to take to Facebook to relieve her frustrations.
The 911 operator was 23 year old April Sims from Texas. She was fired Wednesday after allegedly posting a series of racist remarks on her Facebook page.
In Facebook posts that supposedly only her friends could see, April Sims, compared black people to “animals” and said she could “count on one hand” those she knew “who didn’t have [expletive] for brains,” according to local ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.
Most of the offensive comments are reportedly regarding Sims’ work responding to emergency calls.
“I’m a very easygoing person and I will give the shirt off my back to help others, but when call after call are black people fighting and screaming and hitting each other and they want to yell at me and treat me like [expletive] when I’m trying to help, is not cool,” Sims allegedly wrote in a post, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The Dallas Police Department provided a statement on its Facebook page that reads:
On June 4, 2013, a call taker for the City of Dallas advised a supervisor in the 9-1-1 Call Center that April Sims, who is also a Call Taker, had violated the Dallas Police Department’s Social Media policy. On June 5, 2013, Ms. Sims’ employment with the City of Dallas was terminated. Ms. Sims was hired by the City of Dallas in November 2012. Ms. Sims was on probation and therefore has no right to appeal her termination.
This is yet another event that had led the police department to be embarrassed of its oftentimes racists operations. In a video broadcast on WFAA-TV, Dallas City Council member Dwaine Caraway admitted to being shocked and saddened. He said the incident has shown the police department and the city in a negative light.
According to The Huffington Post: Public employees who have lost their jobs over racist messages on social networks have also made headlines in other states recently.
In April, EMT Timothy Dluhosquit his $93,000 per year job with the New York Fire Department after being suspended for a series of racist tweets that complained about “coloreds,” “chinks [who] can’t drive,” and about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who Dluhos referred to as “King Heeb.”
In another high-profile New York scandal, the son of FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, Joseph Cassano, who also worked as an EMT, quit his job in March after hateful tweets about blacks and Jews surfaced, according to the New York Times.
Here are the actual tweets from April Sims’ Facebook page.