Who is Ryan Snow? Alabam Police Officer Fired
Ryan Snow is an Alabama police officer who has been fired for depicting a black man in the crosshairs of a rifle scope in answering what to do about armed protesters. He has been on the force there for nearly 5 years.
The officer posted the image on Facebook Tuesday, June 23rd in response to an article about protesters at Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta where Rayshard Brooks was killed. Protesters torched the restaurant June 13, the night after police killed Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man, in the restaurant parking lot after he resisted arrest and fired a Taser while he was running away.
Snow admitted to posting the image, which also included the comment: “Exhale. Feel. Pause. Press steadily. That’s what’s next.”
The photo that was now square in the crosshairs a black guy with a shotgun standing at the foot of a car. The original photo was the primary art for a story about how armed protesters are still standing guard at the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was gunned down in Atlanta. The second half of WSBTV’s headline also read, “What Now?”
Police Chief Statement
Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis placed him on administrative leave as soon he saw it, but reportedly gave him a solid 2 days to explain himself. After giving his response, the chief made the decision to terminate him outright.
Derzis said, “When I saw the post and the image, it sickened me,” Derzis said. “It certainly did not adhere to the standards expected of every officer who wears our uniform.”
“This type of conduct will not be tolerated in our department and is not representative of the professionalism expected by all of our officers,” Derzis added. Hoover is just south of Birmingham and home to about 86,000 residents.