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Naval Academy midshipman disciplined for social media posts

September 25, 2020 GMT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Naval Academy took administrative action against a midshipman who was criticized on social media for making posts about Breonna Taylor and ongoing protests against racial injustice.

The posts were allegedly made on a since-deleted Twitter account identified as belonging to Chase Standage, a Midshipman 1st Class from California, and began circulating online in mid-June, The Capital Gazette reported at the time.

The details of the administrative action against the midshipman were protected by the Privacy Act and not disclosed, The Capital Gazette quoted Naval Academy spokesperson Cmdr. Alana Garas as saying.

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Screenshots posted online appeared to show one tweet allegedly about a police officer firing tear gas at a protester demonstrating after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the paper reported. Another post allegedly commented on the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor by police in Kentucky.

The tweets surfaced on the same day academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck posted a video message condemning separate remarks made that month by a retired captain and former Naval Academy trustee that disparaged admission by the academy of African Americans, Asian Americans and women.