San Diego, CA – San Diego police are investigating social media posts allegedly made by a member of its police force that encouraged fellow officers not to follow orders to get vaccinated or wear masks.
The posts were made in an online forum for members of the San Diego Police Officers Association, KFMB reported.
“Myself and another God fearing Patriot on this Department are building up a coalition of Cops who will stand up for our God given freedoms and are willing to risk it all,” the officer wrote, according to a screenshot provided by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) San Diego.
“From this point forward we will never take the vaccine, be tested or wear another face diaper around our heads without our free will to make that choice,” the post continued.
The officer who made the post called the mandated vaccine and mask issues “the hill to die on, because I promise you if `WE THE PEOPLE’ lose this fight there won’t be another hill to fight on,” KFMB reported.
The author of the post identified himself as a 16-year veteran of the San Diego police force.
Thus far, the police department has not publicly identified him.
The officer wrote that like-minded officers “have to be willing to get fired from this job to secure your rights and stand by your convictions,” KFMB reported.
“Our coalition is growing by the day and if the Department and City are willing to fire 100-500 cops then so be it,” the post continued. “For those who have taken the vaccine, been tested or choose to wear the mask, I support you 100% as you used your free will to make those decisions. Now I ask you to stand with your colleagues (and support their) free will as well.”
The post referenced a “sinister agenda at hand that is plaguing the country and the world” and contained a number of biblical references, according to KFMB.
“Some of you are wide awake and understand what I am getting at, some are just now or have been waking up this past year, and sadly some of you are still sound asleep,” the officer wrote. “I am not going to get into the real science that shows that the vaccines are harmful and even deadly, the testing process is inaccurate and harmful, and the masks are harmful to health (and) psyche, and are demoralizing.”
He called California “the worst state in the country” and said “the USA has never truly been invaded on a larger scale because of our Second Amendment rights,” KFMB reported.
“Therefore we have been infiltrated, and sadly this was long ago, and now we are seeing it play out before our eyes,” the officer wrote.
Then he ended his post with the acronym “WWG1WGA,” which means “Where We Go One, We Go All,” a slogan often used by QAnon conspiracy followers, according to KFMB.
San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Public Affairs Lieutenant Adam Sharki released a statement that said the law enforcement agency was reviewing the posts “as a personnel matter to determine if the officer violated department policy,” KFMB reported.
“SDPD holds its members to the highest standards,” Lt. Sharki continued. “Any department member found to be in violation of SDPD’s policies or procedures will be held accountable. SDPD strongly encourages all of its members to get vaccinated and continues to make COVID-19 vaccine readily available.”
The lieutenant did not elaborate on how the officer’s post could have breached department policy, KFMB reported.
NAACP San Diego President Francine Maxwell said her organization was “gravely concerned” about the post in a letter to San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria.
“This post mentions Second Amendment rights [and] alleges there would be support of hundreds of officers in resisting the lawful government of our city and state,” Maxwell wrote. “In the strongest possible terms, the NAACP San Diego branch condemns all types of rhetoric from public officials that might inspire insurrections or threatens public safety.
“The NAACP San Diego branch demands an immediate investigation by [the mayor’s] office into the extent to which ideas like these have penetrated our police force, and we demand immediate plans to control and limit the spread,” the letter continued. “We will be calling on the FBI San Diego field office to open its own investigation into the matter.”
For his part, the mayor expressed concern and said he had requested the police chief investigate, KFMB reported.
But Gloria also said he didn’t think the post was reflective of the attitude of the majority of the police department.