Man no longer employed by Petersburg police after social media investigation

A man from Petersburg is no longer employed by the Petersburg Police Department following an investigation into fascist rhetoric posted on a social media page.

The situation has been investigated, Petersburg Police Department chief James Kerr said in an email, but he could not comment further because Petersburg district policy is not to comment on personnel matters.

The post was made by an account under the name JDPickle which listed the account’s employer as the Petersburg Police Department. The post included a photo of a child with face paint resembling dictator Adolf Hitler’s mustache appearing to be performing a Nazi salute. The message included the following comment: “I just showed this to my son. He said it would be his dream come true. They must be raised richly.

The Third Reich was the Nazi designation for the fascist regime that ruled Germany from 1933 to 1945.

This screenshot, taken from a public social media page, shows comments made by someone identified on their profile as a member of the Petersburg Police Department, which is investigating the comment. (Screenshot)

According to documents obtained by the Empire, the Petersburg Police Department employed an officer named Johnny Duane Pickle until December. Pickle was with the department until last month, listed as being on probation, but is no longer employed by the department, Kerr said in an email.

While profile details are now set as private, comments have not been removed from a public Facebook page. Other posts from other members of the group on the page included comments praising Ted Kaczynski, also known as Unabomber, decrying Hanukkah and calling Alaska “the new white homeland.”

Depending on departmental policies, failure to follow social media or blogging guidelines may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

A message sent to the profile was not answered.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or [email protected]

Comments are closed.