Correction officer suspended after 'despicable' social media post mocking Buffalo killings
The state corrections department has suspended without pay an Attica Correctional Facility correction officer after a "despicable social media" post that made light of the mass killing and the victims at a Buffalo supermarket.
The state Department of Corrections and Community Service, or DOCCS, said in a statement late yesterday: "Early this morning, DOCCS had been made aware of a despicable social media post by an employee of the Department. The comments made by this correction officer are in violation of multiple Department rules and will not be tolerated."
The officer, Greg Foster, mocked the fatal shooting of 10 Black people at the Buffalo Tops market, writing along with the offensive Facebook meme, "Too soon? This should weed out some FB (Facebook) friends." He followed the statement with a smiling emoji.
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Foster's posting circulated widely on social media by people bringing it to the attention of DOCCS, and seeking a response. Records show Foster is an officer at Attica whose base pay in 2020 was $75,563. His earnings that year were $185,482, likely because of overtime.
"The Department has engaged the Civil Rights Task Force, which we are members of, for potential criminal prosecution," DOCCS said in its statement. "The Department has also launched an internal investigation to identify and discipline any staff who may have engaged with the posting."
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This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Correction officer Greg Foster suspended for post on Buffalo shooting