‘This is officer Singh. He was killed by an ILLEGAL ALIEN 5 hours after he took this picture with this beautiful wife, baby and k9!…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Facebook has been accused of removing posts that describe Gustavo Perez Arriaga — the man police say killed California police officer Ronil Singh — as an “illegal alien.”
According to Blue Lives Matter, Facebook notified several users that their posts describing Arriaga as an illegal immigrant were considered “hate speech” and violated the platform’s community rules.
Christopher Berg, a writer for the pro-police website, said Arriaga self-promoted his status as a member of the Sureno street gang and had two prior drunk driving convictions in Madera County before he fatally shot Cpl. Singh during a traffic stop, not far from Facebook’s headquarters.
“This suspect, unlike Ron — who immigrated to this country lawfully and legally to pursue his lifelong career of public safety, public service and being a police officer –— this suspect is in our country illegally. He doesn’t belong here. He’s a criminal,” Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said during a press conference.
Berg said a sheriff’s deputy he knows posted a picture on Facebook that depicts Singh as a “vetted legal immigrant” and Arriaga as an “unvetted illegal immigrant.”
After the image was up for a few hours, his account was suspended and Facebook notified him that the picture went against Facebook’s “community standards.”
Another Facebook user, Dana Marie, told Berg that she didn’t even post a picture of Arriaga but was still flagged for “hate speech” for writing a post about Singh.
She posted images of Singh and his family with the text: “This is officer Singh. He was killed by an ILLEGAL ALIEN 5 hours after he took this picture with this beautiful wife, baby and k9! This is precisely why we need to #buildthatwall! RIP hero.”
Facebook has been accused of censoring terms like “illegal immigrant” before.
The platform’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg struggled to define “hate speech” in an April Senate hearing, but has been particularly zealous in his pro-immigration activism.