Police Officer Was Fired For Snapchatting Picture Captioned With Racial Slur


Melissa Adamson, a Pennsylvania police officer, lost both of her jobs after she posted an image of herself in uniform and captioned it with a racial slur.

She was a part-time police officer and training as a probationary employee. Her photo was captioned "I'm the law today [n-word]."


After being terminated from the McKeesport city police department, she resigned from her second job as a part-time officer in Versailles.

The Mayor or McKeesport released the following statement on Facebook following Adamson's termination,

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 is ashamed of the photo and called it a "stupid mistake." She went on to tell WTAE,

Everyone knows that I don't have a racist bone in my body. 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.

Because nothing says "I'm not a racist" like using a racial slur jokingly on your Snapchat. We misconstrued it, everybody!

Citations: 'It was a stupid mistake': Cop's Snapchat photo with racial slur costs her 2 jobs (WTAE)