The police chief of a Chicago suburb has been fired for posting a meme on his personal Facebook page that was “in incredibly poor taste,” local officials said.
Longtime Orland Hills police chief Thomas Scully was dismissed Wednesday after sharing an image of black looters with the text “when free housing, free food, free education, and free phones just aren’t enough,” the local NBC affiliate reported.
“We hold all of our public officials to the highest standards in their personal and professional lives in Orland Hills,” the village said in a statement.
“This social media post is in incredibly poor taste. It does not reflect the values of the people of our community, and we will not tolerate such behavior from any of our public officials.”
Scully served as chief for 15 years.
Orland Hills’ deputy chief, Michael Blaha, will take over until the village finds a permanent replacement for Scully.
With Post wires