BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Maryland police department civilian employee has been suspended after making an “inappropriate Facebook post” that “appeared to be racially motivated,” following the deadly stabbing of a Bowie State University student at the University of Maryland.
Welby Burgone works for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, in their communications section, and was a former police academy recruit.
The police department was made aware of Burgone’s post regarding the murder of Richard Collins III, and within hours, an investigation was underway.
Burgone was subsequently suspended for his “extremely insensitive” post that “appeared to be racially motivated,” according to police.
“The actions of this employee are a betrayal of the values of the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Any employee who espouses or supports hateful or racist ideology will be held accountable and we will not allow the public’s trust in their police department to be eroded”, Chief Timothy Altomare said in a release.
Sean Urbanski is charged in the fatal stabbing of Collins, and the FBI is investigating this murder as a possible hate crime after finding that Urbanski belonged to Alt-Reich Nation on Facebook, a white supremacy group.