Police officer posts homophobic slurs online, boss announces he’s sacked via Twitter

A police officer in Manchester who had posted hateful anti-gay messages online got a very public dismissal – when his boss tweeted that he was getting sacked.

Ian Hopkins, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, made the public announcement on the social network this morning.

He wrote: “This afternoon I have dismissed without notice a Special Constable from Greater Manchester Police for making a homophobic comment on a disgusting homophobic post on Facebook.

“Totally unacceptable behaviour & no place in policing for this.”

Mr Hopkins added: “They had written a homophobic comment on what was a disgusting post and picture on Facebook, which was clearly homophobic, and they had commented on it in a homophobic way.”

The force confirmed: “The special constable breached the standards of professional behaviour expected from all employees of Greater Manchester Police.

“He made homophobic comments which would not only offend the public we serve, but also the staff and officers within our force.

“His actions were completely unacceptable and we will not tolerate this behaviour.

“A full investigation was carried out and following a special case hearing, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police deemed his behaviour to be gross misconduct and he was dismissed.”

(Photo by ANDREW YATES/AFP/GettyImages)

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