- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 11, 2020

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut police sergeant has been suspended for three days without pay for calling Black Lives Matter a terrorist group in a Facebook post in September.

The discipline against Stratford Sgt. Jamie Rivera was announced by Mayor Laura Hoydick after a Town Council meeting on Monday, the Connecticut Post reported.

Rivera’s post was condemned by Stratford officials and community leaders, with some calling for the sergeant to be fired. Others said on social media that they agreed with Rivera.

Messages seeking comment were left for Rivera and the police union, the Post reported. The union is appealing the suspension.

Rivera’s post said, “I’m just gonna say it!! I’m pro Trump. If anyone doesn’t like it. So be it. I’m a cop. I became a cop in 2001. I’ve seen a 180 about how people feel Me !!! Black lives matter is a terrorist organization!!!!”

Without citing any evidence, Rivera also wrote, “They call for the killing of cops. No matter what color. So if you support them you don’t support me!!!”

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