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An Arkansas police officer has been suspended without pay for 30 days after an internal investigation found that he had violated his department’s social media policy with an “insensitive” post, authorities said Tuesday.

According to a news release from the Jonesboro Police Department, the post on officer John Shipman’s personal Facebook page concerned “current media coverage of a national news event.”

NEA Report, a news outlet based in northeast Arkansas, posted screenshots showing Shipman asserted that “80 percent are false,” referring to rape accusations. His Thursday comment was in response to a post about Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony at a hearing where she said U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, according to the outlet.

In another screenshot posted by NEA Report, Shipman wrote: “I’ve taken many reports. She’s lying.”

A complaint about Shipman's post was made Friday, authorities said.

The Police Department said the internal investigation examined the five sexual assault reports Shipman had recorded in the last 10 years. Four of the cases were reported rapes and were eventually turned over to detectives to investigate, according to the release.

“Law enforcement employees bear the responsibility of maintaining their own conduct and the integrity of the government entity they represent,” Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott said in a statement. “They are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not bring discredit upon them."

In addition to his suspension, Shipman will undergo “further training” to learn how to speak with sexual assault victims, the release states.

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  • BEARTRAP919
    October 2, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.

    Free Speech in America, I understand and still do not agree, The Truth was being stated and this proves that Most can not Handle the Truth, Is this the Fake News the Trumpet Man keeps speaking about?? Most Rapes are a change of mind by the Girl the Next morning, Squeeze those Gonards if you do not want this to continue, I guarantee that will stop the Rape for quite a Spell.

  • Happy1234
    October 2, 2018 at 5:03 p.m.

    I would rather be a trash man than a cop.
    At the end of the day you have helped society as much and get darn near zero complaints.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    October 2, 2018 at 5:29 p.m.

    Send him to the camps!!!!

  • haphog
    October 2, 2018 at 5:36 p.m.

    Screw the PC BS A-holes! An officer who speaks his mind (and, in my opinion, the truth) gets penalized.
    He is correct about the hearings.

  • darrelldeanclinton
    October 2, 2018 at 6:39 p.m.

    So everybody is entitled to their opinion, EXCEPT, Police Officers?

    He simply stated the obvious! She's Lying!

  • crmarsh
    October 2, 2018 at 7:07 p.m.

    It's hard to believe we are so sensitive these days. Grow up people

  • ARMNAR
    October 3, 2018 at 12:24 a.m.

    Shipman sounds like just another insecure, angry Trumpanzee. Poor little snowflake.

  • wolfman
    October 3, 2018 at 7:21 a.m.

    Why don’t people think before that put their opini9ns on social media. Most employers make you sign a social media disclaimer saying you first won’t identify where you work on your profile. I’m all for free speech but use common sense when you express your OPINION about anything that can be related to your job. And whether she’s telling the truth or not who knows. .... that’s left up to being your opinion. Real simple

  • CartoonDude
    October 3, 2018 at 7:31 a.m.

    He should take legal action. He is an employee of the state government. Who is the Grand Overlord who dictates what you can and can't say? He is speaking the truth as he has witnessed in life, but he isn't allowed to share it with us peons?

  • hah406
    October 3, 2018 at 8:32 a.m.

    A police officer is not free to pre-judge a complaint of rape as being false. His job is to take the complaint, assess the evidence, and proceed according to where the facts lead. Starting with an assumption that the complaint is a lie is biased and precludes the possibility of justice for the real victims. He is a damn disgrace to the uniform.

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