ARIZONA NEWS

Avondale sergeant fired, allegedly in part for racist Facebook posts

Dec 13, 2018, 8:31 AM | Updated: 5:20 pm
(Facebook/Avondale AZ Police Department)...
(Facebook/Avondale AZ Police Department)
(Facebook/Avondale AZ Police Department)

PHOENIX — A Phoenix-area sergeant was fired from his position earlier this year, allegedly, in part for his racist posts on Facebook.

Sean Maas, who used to work with the Avondale Police Department, was fired on Sept. 13, according to city spokeswoman Pier Simeri.

Maas was originally placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 22, after he returned from another leave. He appealed his termination on Sept. 17.

Simeri said Maas was fired in part for violating the city’s and police department’s policy “that relate(s) to inappropriate social media posts.”

Susan Segal, an attorney representing the city of Avondale, told The Associated Press that Maas was fired in part because of racially insensitive Facebook posts.

A couple with whom Maas was in business said at least one of his posts targeted them because the man is black and the woman is part Hispanic, according to 3TV.

Erica and Reginald Sayles told the TV station that Maas took to social media after the couples had a falling out.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Arizona man sentenced for threatening a Social Security judge

A Willcox man has received a more than 25-month sentence for threatening to assault a federal employee on Monday.
15 hours ago
(Facebook photo/City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department)...
Tom Kuebel

Papago Park in Phoenix introduces ADA-approved fishing dock

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department introduced a new fishing dock approved by guidelines set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
15 hours ago
(Mesa Fire Photo)...
KTAR.com

Helicopter makes emergency landing in Mesa, no one injured

A single-engine light helicopter made an emergency landing in a residential Mesa neighborhood early Saturday morning.
15 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Associated Press

Man found guilty of murder, kidnapping of Tucson girl

A man accused of abducting and killing two young Tucson girls separately and dumping their bodies was convicted Friday of first-degree murder and kidnapping.
15 hours ago
Alta Avondale rendering (City of Avondale photo)...
Tom Kuebel

Construction begins on Alta Avondale residential units at The BLVD

Teams broke ground on a multi-family residential development called Alta Avondale, adding to one of its fastest-growing communities.
15 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix among best US cities for vegans and vegetarians, per WalletHub

Phoenix made the top five on a list of best U.S. cities for vegans and vegetarians, according to a personal finance website.
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Avondale sergeant fired, allegedly in part for racist Facebook posts