Breitbart reports that a police chief of a Pennsylvania city was fired because of his wife’s pro-Donald Trump post on social media. According to them, he was fired earlier this month, on October 2.
Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace, who is a Democrat, just suddenly announced the retirement of Lancaster Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser. According to the former head of the local Fraternal Order of Police, Berkihiser’s sudden dismissal was punishment for his wife’s support for President Trump.
According to LNP, Berkihiser’s wife, Kristy, had recently posted her explanation on Facebook of why she is supporting Trump this year.
Kristy was reportedly responding to a friend who had volunteered at one of Trump’s campaign events. According to the said friend, Trump spoke highly of law enforcement in the event.
Kristy Berkihiser wrote, “why im [sic] voting for him again. Same reason as last time… you don’t see him meeting w Jacob Blake’s family or speaking to him by phone…”
That comment was posted on September 27, and just five days later, Mayor Sorace announced her husband’s sudden retirement at a press conference. The press conference lasted less than four minutes, and the police chief was not even included.
John Fiorill, the former head of the local Fraternal Order of Police, told LNP that he learned of Berkihiser’s sudden dismissal because the chief reached out to the union when the mayor had demanded his resignation.
“The irony of this whole thing is, he didn’t make that statement,” Fiorill told the newspaper. “He knows better than to get involved in politics. It was his wife. Where does the mayor have the audacity to request his resignation based on what his wife said? He had nothing to do with it.”
According to LNP, Sorace praised Berkihiser’s tenure as chief but refused to comment further about his career. She cited some of Berkihiser’s accomplishments, including implementing a department-wide body-camera program, improving the department’s use-of-force policy, creating a community engagement sergeant position, and hiring the city’s first police social worker.
“As it relates to Chief Berkihiser’s retirement, I have nothing further to add beyond my comments last Friday,” Sorace said.
On the other hand, Berkihiser has called his retirement “unexpected and unplanned,” and he has declined to comment any further.
The community knows how unfair this is, and has decided not to stay quiet. More than 9,000 people have signed a petition, demanding Berkihiser to be reinstated as the Lancaster police chief.
“Please sign this petition if you believe Chief Jarrad Berkihiser was unjustly fired for political reasons in which the Mayor has a responsibility to examine her own biases. Chief Berkihiser should be reinstated as he possesses the compassion, integrity, and deep commitment to Lancaster that is needed for such a time as this,” the petition states.
It’s a good thing the Berkihisers have the community behind them, because otherwise, their story might not even get heard.