The University of Nevada, Reno has sent out a campus-wide apology regarding a Halloween costume of an off-duty police officer.
Campus Reform reports the Assistant Vice President and Director of University Police Services at the school, Adam Garcia, claimed one of his officer’s was “mocking another who has taken advantage of his constitutional right to protest.”
“Police officers are held to a higher standard and denigrating another—on or off duty—is insensitive for its lack of respect and understanding on how others may negatively view their actions and may be impacted,” Garcia claimed.
He then noted that students have been concerned about their safety due to the “current social and political climate,” and “behavior such as this magnifies unsafe feelings and lack of trust in police, especially when the individual is responsible for the safety of all members of the university, regardless or [sic] color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion.”
According to Campus Reform, Garcia went on to bemoan how difficult it would be to “regain the trust” of students. He added that his office will attempt to regain that trust by “continued education, training, and conversation.”
“At a time when officers should be heightened in their attentiveness to perception by our community, this act seems extremely out of touch with those sentiments and not [sic] is not within the spirit of the department’s community oriented policing philosophy,” Garcia added.
Although Garcia condemned the officer’s actions, he will not be punished.
“For those who have seen the Halloween costume of one of our officers apparently mocking a citizen who has chosen to take advantage of his constitutional right to protest, I offer my sincere apologies,” Garcia concluded.
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