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After investigation into Facebook post, two Little Rock police recruits fired, department says

By Ryan Tarinelli

This article was published December 12, 2017 at 2:35 p.m.



A Little Rock police recruit who used a racial slur in a past Facebook post has been fired from the department, according to an agency spokesman.

Brandon Schiefelbein, who is white, was terminated from the Little Rock Police Department on Friday, Lt. Michael Ford confirmed Tuesday.

The firing comes after the department opened an internal investigation into a Facebook post by Schiefelbein, who is white. The June 2013 post included a racial slur offensive to black people and displayed a picture of a black man who appears to be sleeping on a bed.

Ford said another Little Rock police recruit, Brandon Gurley, has also been terminated from the department. According to Schiefelbein's lawyer, Gurley, who is black, raised concerns about Schiefelbein's post but appears to also have used the same racial slur in past posts on Facebook.

The Police Department began an internal-affairs investigation into the post last month.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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DoubleBlind says... December 12, 2017 at 4:14 p.m.

Good on LRPD leadership for taking action.

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Razrbak says... December 12, 2017 at 4:42 p.m.

LRPD had no choice but to take action.

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dconard says... December 12, 2017 at 4:55 p.m.

I hope everyone else has never been young & dumb and done something they regret! This was 4 years ago! Are his current posts racial? Do his current actions reflect racial tendencies?? Good grief, EVERYONE needs to come down off their high horse!

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NoUserName says... December 12, 2017 at 5:44 p.m.

Hahahahaha. Nothing like shooting yourself in the foot, Brandon Gurley. Personally, given the explanation, I thought Schiefelbein got a raw deal when Buckner opened the investigation. Having done that, though, the department couldn't discipline one without also the other. As for the entire subject, this was a play by the black officers association to put Buckner in a difficult position. It's clear their motive is disruption.

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BEARTRAP919 says... December 12, 2017 at 6:11 p.m.

Free Speech, Yes that is a wonderful thought, But as one finds out, Free Speech is not Free, Just another Lie we have been fed. Watch Your Back, Remember Freedom is just another Word for Nothing Left to Lose. Facts that this Article Proves.

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LRDawg says... December 12, 2017 at 7:17 p.m.

Good police work! Speech is free, it doesn't cost money; maybe your job! Hopefully your employers don't read THESE posts daily....lots of you guys could be next

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