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Officer on leave while USF police investigate racist social media account

The department said it is working to gather details about the matter, which includes allegations of "disturbing" language.
The University Police at USF said Friday that an officer has been placed on leave while the department investigates allegations of a racist social media account.
The University Police at USF said Friday that an officer has been placed on leave while the department investigates allegations of a racist social media account. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times (2018) ]
Published Jul. 10, 2020

The University of South Florida Police Department said Friday it has placed an officer on administrative leave after officials were made aware of a Twitter account with racist language they called “disturbing.”

The department did not immediately release the officer’s name or give details about the Twitter account.

“We immediately began a preliminary investigation and are working to gather details associated with this allegation,” Public Information Officer Audrey Clarke said in a statement. “The University of South Florida rejects in the strongest possible terms all forms of racism and discrimination. They do not reflect our Principles of Community, which value diversity and inclusion.”

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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