Sergeant Terri Pinto Napolitano is a Brooklyn court officer who was suspended for posting doctored images on her Facebook page over the weekend that depicted Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton being lynched. Napolitano has since been suspended for 30 days, pending a full investigation, according to the New York Post.
Napolitano’s Facebook status read, “#Obamagate #Treason The True American Dream,” and showed doctored images of Obama hanging from a rope, as well as another photo showing Clinton being led up to gallows by a group of people. Beneath Obama were the captions, “We Will Not Yield” and “Your day is coming TRAITOR!,” and beneath the doctored photo of Clinton was the caption “IT’S NOT OVER TIL THE FAT LADY SWINGS.”
The status and accompanying images have been shared around the internet, and many posts are still up on Twitter.
Here’s what you need to know:
Napolitano Was Suspended After Facing Immediate Social Media Backlash
Immediately after Napolitano shared the status to her Facebook, her followers began to condemn the image. One person wrote, “A Blackman hanging on a noose is never appropriate but especially not in times like the ones we are living today!”
Napolitano appears to have deleted her Facebook and Twitter accounts in the aftermath.
According to a spokesman for the state Office of Court Administration, Napolitano has been suspended for 30 days, and her gun has been taken. An inspector general’s review is pending.
New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore Called Napolitano’s Behavior ‘Abhorrent by Anyone, at Any Time & Under Any Circumstances’
New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore had similar sentiments, though she did not name Napolitano. In a statement, she slammed the post, calling it “abhorrent.”
Per the New York Post, she wrote to court personnel:
This conduct is abhorrent, by anyone, at any time, and under any circumstances. But at this critical moment in our history — when our nation is reeling from the death of George Floyd and its aftermath — it is a sickening and unpardonable offense against every colleague in our court system, as well as the vast and diverse public we serve.
We assure you that we have already begun the process and will take every step within our power so that this conduct is condemned and punished appropriately.
Although DiFiore didn’t name Napolitano, her identity was confirmed by a spokesman from the Office of Court Administration, according to the New York Law Journal. The New York State Court Officers Association also named Napolitano and denounced her comments in a Facebook post, saying in part, “She does not speak for Court Officers.”
The Association’s page also shared DiFiore’s statement. Many commenters on that post expressed disgust and embarrassment at Napolitano. “Unfortunately it only takes one to make everyone look bad. Hope they deal with her appropriately fast. She dosnt deserve to carry a badge, period. Pray for all of us, we all need treat each other with respect,” one user wrote.
This is a developing post and will be updated.