California police employee on leave for hateful posts, including advocating shooting cops, authorities say

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A Northern California law enforcement department personnel has been arrested on weapons charges and placed on administrative go away following an FBI investigation uncovered he created hateful posts on a site that included advocating the shooting of police officers, authorities reported Friday. 

Dennis Shevchenko, 40, operates as a community support officer but does not have police powers, Law enforcement Chief Anthony Mata stated through a information convention. He has been employed with the department considering that 2012. 

Dennis Shevchenko, a community provider officer with the San Jose Law enforcement Department, was arrested following the FBI unveiled he produced hateful posts on-line, inlcuding advocating the taking pictures of law enforcement officers, authorities explained Friday. 
(San Jose Law enforcement Department )

The FBI probe into him was brought to the awareness of the law enforcement department on Oct. 14. He was arrested that night although on obligation, Mata stated. 

“This incident is unfortunate and I am particularly unhappy that an personnel in our group may have harbored and unfold these hateful messages,” Mata informed reporters.

In the course of a search of Shevchenko’s house, investigators seized many firearms and other merchandise, he said. He faces prices of possession of a concealed firearm, possession of an assault weapon, and possession of a concealed dirk or dagger.

San Jose Police Department

San Jose Law enforcement Division

He also allegedly introduced a firearm into the police station and held it in his locker, authorities said. 

Shevchenko’s status as a non-sworn staff means he is not allowed to carry a gun. His duties include things like aiding patrols officers in taking reports, responding to traffic accidents and directing website traffic. 

The on line posts he allegedly designed associated messages of a “political mother nature” and violence and threats, the police chief mentioned. He explained it was unclear if Shevchenko was involved in the Jan. 6. riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

He included that new recruits are screened for identical ideologies as effectively as recent staff. 

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Shevchenko will continue to be on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Mata said.