Tommy McClay Wiki – Tommy McClay Bio
Tommy McClay is the Denver police officer who was fired two days after writing, “Let’s start a riot” on his personal Instagram account. McClay’s post included a photo of himself and two other officers with tactical gear.
According to a Facebook post by Denver Police, Tommy McClay was in his first year as an officer with the Police Department. The organization included his name on a list of recruits that graduated from the police academy in October 2019.
Tommy McClay Post On Instagram
McClay posted the photo with fellow officers on Sunday, May 31. It’s unclear what time he shared the image, though the lighting suggests it was taken during the day. Demonstrations in Denver on Sunday were peaceful throughout the day as crowds gathered to protest against the death of George Floyd and police brutality. The Denver Post reported that the crowds were calm as participants delivered speeches and played music. But the atmosphere changed after 8 p.m., which was when the curfew went into effect throughout the city.
— Noel Brennan (@Noeltbrennan) June 1, 2020
Police fired projectiles, such as foam bullets, and used tear gas to disperse the crowds that continued to protest after dark in violation of the curfew. KUSA-TV reported that around 9 p.m., a group of protesters established a barricade against police officers. The network also reported that fireworks were launched at the police. According to Fox Denver, 170 people were arrested Sunday on charges including criminal mischief, arson, assault on a peace officer, and curfew violations.
Tommy McClay Fired
Denver police announced that McClay had been stripped of his badge and opened an internal affairs investigation after the department was alerted to McClay’s Instagram post that featured three officers “posing in riot gear.” The reason McClay was fired was because he violated the Denver Police Department’s social media policy. As government employees, police officers are cautioned that statements made to personal accounts are a reflection of the department. The other two officers in McClay’s photo were reassigned. Neither of them will patrol the protests in the future, according to the Denver Canal.
ALERT: Regarding the Instagram post featuring 3 DPD officers posing in riot gear — The Chief has ordered an Internal Affairs investigation into the matter. All investigations are closely monitored by the Office of the Independent Monitor. #Denver
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) June 1, 2020
Denver police shared on June 1 that they had opened an internal affairs investigation after the department was alerted to McClay’s Instagram post that featured three officers “posing in riot gear.” The next day, the department identified McClay by name and announced that he had been stripped of his badge.
Denver police have not identified the other two officers in McClay’s photo. It is unclear whether they knew McClay was going to write “Let’s start a riot” or share the image on social media. According to the Denver Canal, both officers were reassigned. None of them will patrol the protests in the future. Meanwhile, the department is looking to the future to try to improve communication between the police and the community. The department will host a virtual town hall on June 3 starting at 6 p.m. Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen will be available to answer questions and listen to community members about what they would like to see change in the city. The meeting can be joined here.