Overwhelmingly positive responses to a Twitter thread about a Miami firefighter’s derogatory texts about police and a Miami-Dade police officer killed in the line of duty may signal growing disillusionment with the police. order.
City of Miami Fire Rescue firefighter Kevin Newcomb was fired on Friday for comments he made in a text thread regarding the death of Miami-Dade police officer Cesar Echaverry, who was fatally shot dead in an incident involving a suspected armed robber earlier this week, according to WSVN. Newcomb reportedly issued an apology for his remarks hours after he was fired.
“Who cares? Another dead cop, probably against gun control,” Newcomb wrote in the text thread, according to WSVN. “They didn’t give [expletive] when kids died in that school shooting, they stood outside. The cops exist for the government to exercise its monopoly on violence.
“They want the whole world to stop when one of their own breaks down,” he added. “How many idiots did I have to carry with honor to protect their corpses from the coronavirus because they were all too stupid to wear masks or get vaccinated? All cops are good at protecting wealthy landlords and the status quo. Everything else is a joke. [Expletive] the police.”
Newcomb’s reference to the school shooting almost certainly refers to the May 24 incident at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which left 19 children and two adults dead. The belated response to the massacre sparked outrage and increasingly negative views of the police across the country.
Robb Elementary teacher and shooting survivor Arnulfo Reyes denounced the police as “cowards” in a June interview with ABC, a sentiment that was echoed by many high-profile political figures from both major parties shortly. nearly the same time.
Police have also faced notable backlash due to the 2020 killing of George Floyd and numerous other high-profile incidents involving unarmed black people who were killed or seriously injured by officers.
Newcomb told the WSVN that he wanted to “apologize for statements that have been circulated that I made earlier this week with friends in a private chat” after being fired on Friday, offering to “sincerely apologize to people closest to Officer Echaverry who were made to feel more pain because of my words.”
While Newcomb expressed regret for making the remarks, a Tweeter about his controversial texts by WSVN reporter Sheldon Fox received responses that seemed overwhelmingly to agree with his original anti-police message. Many responded by offering to send donations to Newcomb to show their appreciation.
“What did he say that wasn’t true,” wrote writer Akilah Hughes wrote in response to Fox’s tweet.
“Is there a gofundme where I can send that firefighter $ for a beer for being absolutely right about this?” asked comedian Kyle Ayers.
“Damn”, @runolgarun tweeted. “Do you have his cashapp”
“Give him a bonus and raise”, tweeted @CansasFrank80.
“This firefighter is 100% right,” tweeted @pumthecutiepie. “Whenever a police officer dies in the line of duty due to gun violence, the whole country is forced to stop and pay their respects, but when a minority dies from gun violence by a cop , the country is forced to move on”
“Every firefighter is braver than any cop, but specifically this guy,” writer Luke O’Neil tweeted.
“Not only is it amazing, but it has to be the basis of a lawsuit, right?” tweeted @GothamGirlBlue. “Why is he facing disciplinary action for specific comments made in private about an unprotected class that has no bearing on his work performance? Because cops are thin-skinned?”
Newsweek contacted the Miami-Dade Police Department for comment.