Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Former San Jose, Calif., Police Officer Phillip White is shown here, along with two threatening tweets sent from his account. White is no longer on the police force.
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The San Jose, Calif., police officer who posted threatening comments on social media no longer works with the police force.

According to the Associated Press, a spokesman confirmed that Phillip White no longer works for the San Jose Police Department, but would not confirm whether White had been fired or had resigned.


White gained national attention last year after he tweeted, "Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you," along with the hashtag #CopsLivesMatter.

Shortly after the tweet went viral, White then tweeted: "By the way if anyone feels they can't breathe or their lives matter I'll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun."

White was suspended Dec. 15 after protests calling for his dismissal.

According to AP, White's tweets were brought to the attention of the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, which declined to file criminal charges. White also worked as an assistant basketball coach at Menlo College, which parted ways with the officer shortly after the news broke.


Read more at the Associated Press

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