Police Chief Forced to Resign After Wife's Pro-Trump Facebook Posts
Pro-Trump social media posts force cop's resignation
A police chief in Pennsylvania was forced to resign after his wife posted pro-Trump content on social media, according to the city’s Fraternal Order of Police.
Jarrad Berkihiser will retire on Oct. 31 after serving for 26 years in the Lancaster Bureau of Police, and as chief for two years, WHTM-TV reported.
Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace spoke following the chief’s retirement during a news briefing:
“I recognize that there will be many conversations in the days and weeks ahead about the future leadership and direction of the Lancaster City Bureau of Police,” Sorace said.
“I look forward to engaging in these conversations with the many stakeholders in our community. For now, today is about Chief Berkihiser’s retirement and honoring his 26 years of service,” she said.
The mayor praised the veteran cop.
“We wish the very best to Chief Berkihiser, who was a tremendous asset to the community he served and a valued law-enforcement partner. Most recently, Chief Berkihiser was a visible presence on the front lines in volatile and unprecedented circumstances in the city of Lancaster,” Sorace said.
“His response during this time has been measured, responsible, and appropriate. His care and concern for the city was apparent. Chief Berkihiser’s commitment to public service and upholding the law with integrity was admirable, and he will be greatly missed behind the badge.”
But there was a lot more to the story, according to the Lancaster Fraternal Order of Police.
Berkihiser announced his retirement after Democrat Sorace became aggrieved over a post from the chief’s wife that announced an intention to vote for Trump, WHTM reported.
Former FOP President John Fiorill said Sorace demanded the resignation.
According to Fiorill, it was two Facebook replies by the chief’s wife, Kristy Lynne, that led to Berkihiser’s departure.
The Police Tribune reported that a Facebook user who was at a Trump rally in Harrisburg shared an enthusiastic post about the event.
The original poster then commented back:
“[Trump] spoke so much of law enforcement officers and his respect and thankfulness for them.”
Berkihiser’s wife responded:
“Why I’m voting for him again. Same reason as last time… you don’t see him meeting with Jacob Blake’s family and speaking to him by phone.”
Kristy Lynne’s Facebook her comments drew the ire of the Lancaster mayor, who asked for the chief’s resignation.
Sorace said in a statement to WPMT-TV that she wasn’t able to comment on the issue.
“There is an agreement that legally binds Chief Berkihiser and me to not comment on the nature of the discussions we had, nor on the factors that led to his decision to retire,” she said.
“It is my obligation to abide by the letter of the law in not breaching that document.”
Meanwhile, a Change.org petition to reinstate the chief had more than 13,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.
The defending Berkihiser says the firing was absolutely political.