DALLAS -- A Dallas 911 operator has been fired for allegedly posting racist remarks on her Facebook page.
A News 8 source showed us screenshots of recent derogatory comments about African Americans and Hispanics on former 911 operator April Sims' Facebook page.
Black people are outrageous! They are more like animals, they never know how to act, just loud [expletive] Always causing problems, one post read. I can count on one hand the black people I know who don't have [expletive] for brains.
Another post appears to reference a specific call the operator received.
You want to call 911 cause your boyfriend put his hands on you and you want to press charges when you don't even know his real name?! the post said. Sure lets make a police report for Dino, that is his street name.
I can count on one hand the black people I know who aren't selfish, another post said.
After we brought the postings to the Dallas Police Department's attention, they issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying Sims was terminated for violating the terms of the department's social media policy. The department said Sims already on probation, so she has no right to appeal her termination.
Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway said the incident embarrasses not just the department, it embarrasses the city.
Number one, I am shocked and it saddens me to know that this is going on and still taking place in today's time, especially here in 911, Caraway said.
Sims was hired back in December, when Dallas police were trying to quickly hire 911 operators after delays in responding to critical cases, like Deanna Cook's murder. It was captured on a 911 tape, but through a series of mistakes, her body wasn't found until two days after her call for help.
The department screens social media when hiring police officers, but not 911 operators. The department's social media policy prohibits employees from posting items or information that may adversely affect the morale, confidence, and public respect of the department.
We need to make sure we get a handle on this, Caraway said.
News 8 tried to contact April Sims to confirm she was the one who posted the comments, but were unable to reach her. Wednesday night, she reached out to News 8's Rebecca Lopez via e-mail and said nothing on her page has been deleted and she didn't wish to speak with us.
On her Facebook postings, someone asks her if her page was hacked. She responds by saying she stands by every word.