San Jose Police Officer, Phillip White, Placed on Leave for Tweets Threatening Protesters

December 16, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Veteran San Jose Police Officer, Phillip White, tweeted some very inflammatory messages, which he later deleted, along with his Twitter account, but not before a screenshot of them was taken. These remarks have landed him in hot water with his superiors, as he has now been placed on administrative leave.

 

 The San Jose Police Officers’ Association responded to the comments, saying “offensive, disrespectful and inappropriate social media comments have no place in the public discourse surrounding the tragic loss of life from recent officer-involved incidents.”

Chief Larry Esquivel made a statement a day after the tweets, saying: “It is extremely important for the community to know the comments made on Officer White’s private social media account do not reflect the thoughts or feelings of the men and women here at the San Jose Police Department. Nor do we condone this type of behavior…” 

Phillip White worked as a assistant basketball coach at Menlo College, he has since also been relieved of that position.