The Unsocial Behavior of Idaho Lawmen on Social Media 

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  • Kelsey Hawes

Two Idaho lawmen are in hot water and the president of the Seattle Police union has resigned, all because of their shoot-from-the-hip choices on social media.

The Idaho Falls Post Register reports that Rexburg Police Sergeant Ray Hermosillo, a 15-year veteran of the force, reposted racist memes to his Instagram page. The Rexburg Police Department was reportedly inundated with phone calls after Hermosillo reposted "Pants Up, Don't Loot," a controversial spin on the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" theme of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Rexburg officials apologized for the incident and an internal investigation has been launched.

In northern Idaho, the Coeur d'Alene Press reports a deputy in the Kootenai County prosecutor's office said his comments were "misunderstood" after posting a Facebook comment that suggested genocide could happen if police stopped patrolling black neighborhoods.

"I say, let them have their neighborhoods. They will be like Rwanda in a matter of weeks," posted Bryant Bushling, a five-year veteran of the prosecutor's office. 

Bushling told the Press he had previously worked as a gang prosecutor in the Los Angeles area and understands "this incredible mentality that can lead to the kind of genocide we see all around the world where people hate each other for silly reasons."

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh was not available for comment.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Times reports the president of the Seattle Police Union, Ron Smith, is resigning at the end of this month after writing on Facebook that, "the hatred of law enforcement by a minority movement is disgusting."

In the current issue of Boise Weekly, we chronicle how Smith had been a particular thorn in the side of Pierce Murphy, who served 14 years as police ombudsman for the city of Boise before taking a similar oversight job in Seattle.
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