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Mount Vernon Officer Accused Of Sharing Inflammatory Online Post

Officials at Mount Vernon City Hall released a statement recently detailing the case of Mount Vernon Police Officer Richard Castelhano, who is accused of making anti-Black Lives Matter statements online.
Officials at Mount Vernon City Hall released a statement recently detailing the case of Mount Vernon Police Officer Richard Castelhano, who is accused of making anti-Black Lives Matter statements online. Photo Credit: Greg Maker

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – A Mount Vernon police officer is in danger of losing his job after sharing an anti-Black Lives Matter post on Facebook, according to lohud.com.

Police Officer Richard Castelhano has been reprimanded, has apologized for his actions and is facing possible suspension or termination, according to lohud.com, which cited a statement from the Mount Vernon Police Department.

The incident is the latest in the city and Westchester County to involve both social media and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Last month, Mount Vernon suspended fire Lt. Omar Lanier , a veteran firefighter, after he took to Instagram in the wake of the Dallas Police Department shootings to call for more police officer deaths.

Last week, a New Rochelle police officer was suspended without pay for posting a Facebook message city officials viewed as critical of the Black Lives Matter movement that said:

“It’s fine to be anti-police, but be 100 (percent) about it. Don’t call the police when your world is in disarray to help deal with the worst 10 minutes of your life. Figure it out yourself or better yet call Shaun King and Black Lives Matter for help.”

The New Rochelle officer, according to lohud.com, has been identified as Sgt. Christopher Castiglia.

In July, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas instituted a social media policy for city employees forbidding the use of social media or blogs during work hours and prohibiting the posting online of “false or confidential” information about the city, according to lohud.com.

Click here to read the lohud.com report .

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