California policeman fired over tweets is reinstated to job

February 19, 2016 GMT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A San Jose police officer who was fired after posting Twitter messages that seemed to ridicule protests over police killings has been reinstated.

Police on Thursday said an independent arbitrator reinstated Officer Phil White.

Acting Police Chief Eddie Garcia says the city and police department disagree with the decision but will honor it.

White isn’t patrolling, though. He has been assigned to administrative duties and will help with the rollout of a police body-camera program.

The 20-year veteran was fired last fall after he tweeted: “Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you.” The post includes the words ”(hashtag) CopsLivesMatter” — an apparent play on the Black Lives Matter movement.