SJPD employee on leave after posting far-right articles on social media

A San Jose Police Department employee has been put on paid administrative leave after an FBI investigation found he posted disturbing and hateful social media posts to a far-right website.

At a press conference on Friday morning, San José Police Chief Anthony Mata announced that the employee, Dennis Shevchenko, had been identified by the FBI Terrorism Task Force following several anonymous social media posts, some of which advocated harming police officers.

San José Police internal affairs investigators obtained a search warrant for Shevchenko’s residence where several firearms were located. Additionally, police said Shevchenko illegally brought a gun to the San Jose Police Station and kept it in his employee’s locker.

Shevchenko is an unsworn employee of the department, which means he does not have the authority to carry a firearm, including inside the police station. His duties include things like burglary reporting, responding to traffic collisions, and directing traffic.

Shevchenko was arrested and has since been released on bail. He is charged with Possession of a Concealed Firearm, Possession of an Assault Weapon and Possession of a Concealed Dagger or Dagger.

“This incident is unfortunate and I am extremely disappointed that an employee of our organization was able to host and disseminate these hate messages. I strongly condemn extremist ideologies and hatred that have no place in this community and will not be tolerated. in this department, ”Mata said. noted.

Mata says the investigation is ongoing, and so far it’s unclear whether the employee has anything to do with the Jan.6 insurgency on the U.S. Capitol.

The ministry strives to assess all current employees for similar ideologies. New recruits are also included in the selection process.

Additionally, Mata says the investigation is also examining how Shevchenko may have carried a gun in the police department.

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