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Police chief fired over Facebook post ‘in poor taste’

September 10, 2020 GMT

ORLAND HILLS, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police chief has been fired over a social media post.

Longtime Orland Hills Chief Thomas Scully was fired Wednesday after a post on his personal Facebook page that village leaders said was could not be tolerated.

WBBM-TV reports the post is composed of a meme that reads, “Looting… when free housing, free food, and free education just aren’t enough.”

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“We hold all of our public officials to the highest standards in their personal and professional lives in Orland Hills,” the village said. “This social media post is in incredibly poor taste. It does not reflect the values of the people of our community, and we will not tolerate such behavior from any of our public officials.”

Orland Hills’ deputy chief will take over until the village finds a permanent replacement for Scully.

Scully served as chief for 15 years.