USF Police Officer Fired Over Racist Twitter Bio

The campus police officer’s social media account listed her as a “KKK member.”

USF Police Officer Fired Over Racist Twitter Bio

Tampa, Florida – A University of South Florida (USF) campus police officer was fired earlier this month after department management found out that her Twitter bio said she was a member of the KKK.

The investigation into Presley Garcia, 26, began in July when a local news reporter forwarded screenshots of “@presleyyyg” that read “KKK member” to the USF Police Department, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Since then, the Twitter account has been deleted.

Garcia was hired in 2018. She claimed she hadn’t used the account in years and that her friend added the description in 2015. At the time, Garcia was 21 and said she didn’t know what the offensive phrase meant, reports the Ledger. She said she deleted the app on her phone and thought that by doing so she had deleted her account.

Garcia told the Tampa Bay Times she felt let down by the USF Police Department after her firing. She also said she is not a racist and, “There’s no way I’d ever be a part of that group. I wasn’t raised that way.”

USF Police Chief Chris Daniel told the school’s human resources department that in the current climate, Garcia not scrubbing her account of racist content could harm other officers in the department. The chief also wrote that university police officers have had their doors kicked in, vehicles photographed in their driveways and have been followed to work while being “antagonized on the roadway,” reports the Tampa Bay Times.

The investigation into Garcia did not find evidence that she was involved in the KKK.

Although Garcia could file a grievance, she said she wouldn’t because she believed she wouldn’t be treated well.

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Robin Hattersley Gray

Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

4 responses to “USF Police Officer Fired Over Racist Twitter Bio”

  1. Troy Williamson says:

    Is it UCF or USF? Tampa is USF. UCF is in Orlando

  2. Robin Hattersley-Gray says:

    It’s USF. Thank you for catching the typo. It’s been fixed.

  3. Troy Williamson says:

    You’re welcome 😉. I use to work there and I hadn’t heard anything from UCFPD

  4. Troy Williamson says:

    You’re welcome 😉. I use to work there and I hadn’t heard anything from UCFPD

    Try using university police instead of campus police. Florida uses university police according to state statute 1012.97

    Thank you

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