A Pennsylvania police officer has lost two jobs after an image showing her in full uniform with a controversial caption hit social media, WTAE reports.
"I'm the law today [n—ga]," read the caption under the picture of Melissa Adamson.
Adamson was fired from the McKeesport, Pa., Police Department. McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko posted a statement on Facebook:
As mayor of the city of McKeesport, I feel compelled to publicly address an issue that has come to my attention via social media. A past social media post surfaced just a few hours ago involving a recently hired part-time police officer, who has been in training as a probationary employee for just a few weeks. This post displays a degree of conduct and character that is far different from what I would expect from an officer in this city. It is absolutely unacceptable. Without hesitation, my office and the police chief's office immediately concluded that this officer's actions will not be tolerated in the city of McKeesport. She has been relieved of her duties, and her employment has been terminated.
Adamson, who also worked part time as a police officer in Versailles, Pa., resigned from that job Tuesday night.
According to the report, the controversial post dated to Adamson's days with the Pitcairn, Pa., Police Department, where she worked before being hired in McKeesport.
Adamson called the photo a "stupid mistake" and said that the photo was now being circulated by another former officer who is trying to hurt her.
"An altercation happened between me and a former police officer, and he’s bringing up his dirt, ruining my career, which has been done," she said.
"Everyone that knows me knows I don’t have a racist bone in my body," Adamson insisted. "And people who don’t know me, I can understand why it was misconstrued to where it looks racist. But like I said, everyone who knows me knows I'm not racist."
Adamson said that she didn't want the post to affect her job or to have an impact on how people looked at her.
"I'm sorry for who I did offend. It was not my intention. I can't express how sorry I am for how I made you feel—emotionally, physically. Again, it wasn’t my intention," she said.
Read more at WTAE.