- Associated Press - Saturday, July 30, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The work of a crime laboratory analyst who was fired after posting online about her fear of black people will be independently reviewed by another analyst, state officials said.

Iowa Department of Public Safety spokesman Alex Murphy said such reviews are a common practice after the departure of any forensic scientist, the Des Moines Register reported (https://dmreg.co/2aEARdh ).

Former criminalist Amy Pollpeter was fired Tuesday after she had lashed out at the Black Lives Matter movement - and all blacks in general - in a July 8 Facebook post. Her rant came one day after the killing of several police officers in Dallas by a black man who shot them during a protest over police brutality.

She said in the post that the killer was “ONE OF THEM” and that anyone who supported the movement was endorsing the deaths of innocent officers.

“It’s interesting - until a few years ago, I never really saw the color of a person’s skin. They were all just people to me. But BECAUSE OF BLACKS - I now do notice the color of skin - and frankly, I no longer feel safe around them,” read the post, first reported by the Register.

Pollpeter confirmed in an email to the AP on Wednesday that she authored the post, which has since been removed, but said the post was meant only for friends.

She also said she disagreed with her firing and said she is considering legal action.

Pollpeter was involved in six open cases at the time of her firing and more than 1,400 over her 10-year career with the agency’s Division of Criminal Investigation, Murphy said. Each of the open cases will be reviewed, and further action, including retesting, will depend upon the facts in each case, he said.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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