‘All Lives Splatter’ officer resigns from police service
A police officer who faced prosecution after she posted a cartoon on social media before last year’s Black Lives Matter march has quit her job.
Barbi Bishop’s lawyer, Victoria Greening, confirmed the resignation yesterday.
Ms Greening said: ““I can confirm that Pc Bishop has resigned from the Bermuda Police Service.
“I can also confirm that the BPS has accepted her resignation.”
Ms Greening added: “At no point subsequent to the criminal charges against Pc Bishop being dismissed did the BPS carry out any internal inquiry into allegations of professional misconduct by Pc Bishop.”
A Police spokesman said last night: “The Bermuda Police Service can confirm that following the outcome of the Constitutional matter involving Pc Barbi Bishop, Pc Bishop tendered her resignation from the Service.
“The BPS has accepted her resignation with her last working day being the 27 September.”
The charge against Ms Bishop was dropped at the end of August after Chief Justice Narinder Hargun ruled that it infringed on her right to freedom of expression.
But Ms Bishop remained suspended. Immediately following the Chief Justice’s ruling police said that an internal inquiry would be launched to determine if the officer had breached the BPS code of conduct.
Ms Bishop, from Sandys, was charged under the Electronic Communications Act with posting a “grossly offensive message” on social media on June 3 last year – four days before a Black Lives Matter march was due to be held in Hamilton.
She was alleged to have shared a cartoon of a person being hit by a vehicle which was captioned: “All Lives Splatter. Nobody cares about your protest. Keep your a** out of the road.”
Ms Bishop denied the charge and the case was scheduled to go to Supreme Court.
But she launched civil proceedings against the Crown in March and claimed the charge breached her constitutional rights to freedom of conscience and expression.
Mr Hargun ruled in August that the cartoon was “capable of being considered grossly offensive”.
But he added that the charge could not be justified because Ms Bishop faced police disciplinary proceedings.
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