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Portsmouth School Board candidate apologizes for online post

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Portsmouth School Board candidate apologizes for online post


A PORTSMOUTH SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE IS APOLOGIZING TONIGHT FOR A POST SHE MADE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. THE POST CALLED INTO QUESTION HIRING FORMER MILITARY MEMBERS AS LAW ENFORCEMENT. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S ERIN KELLY TALKED TO HER — TO FIND OUT HOW THIS ALL STARTED. JO ANN CLARKE SAYS SHE DOESN’T BLAME PEOPLE FOR BEING INFLAMED BY THE POST. SHE SAYS SHE WROTE IT AFTER SHE WAS UPSET BY SOMETHING SHE READ ABOUT A FORMER PORTSMOUTH POLICE OFFICER. DAYS BEFORE AN ELECTION FOR THE PORTSMOUTH SCHOOL BOARD, CANDIDATE JO ANN CLARKE IS FACING BACKLASH FOR A POST SHE MADE ON FACEBOOK. SHE SAYS SHE WROTE IT WHILE SHE WAS UPSET ABOUT INFORMATION FROM A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ON STEPHEN RANKIN — AND HIS PAST. THE FORMER PORTSMOUTH POLICE OFFICER WAS CONVICTED OF VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF AN UNARMED MAN. THE POST, PUBLISHED BY THE VIRGINIAN PILOT SAYS: “LESSON LEARNED: NEVER HIRE EX-MILITARY. THEY ARE ONLY TRAINED TO DO THEIR JOB – KILL OR BE KILLED. POLICE OFFICERS ARE DEALING WITH CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, ELDERLY, HOMELESS, AND MENTALLY CHALLENGED- THEY MUST BE TRAINED TO SHOOT LAST. INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF POLICE OFFICERS 2025 USUALLY POLICE DEPARTMENTS WANT TO HIRE MILITARY BECAUSE THEY’RE EXPERIENCED WITH DEALING WITH INDIVIDUALS, THEY’RE TRAINED, THEY’RE IN GOOD SHAPE, SO WHY SHE WOULD EVEN MAKE A COMMENT LIKE THAT, I HAVE NO IDEA 2036 JIM SWAN, PRESIDENT OF THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE CHAPTER IN PORTSMOUTH TELLS US, “I THINK IT’S RIDICULOUSIT’S AN UNFAIR REPRESENTATION OF PEOPLE WHO DO WONDERFUL THINGS.” CLARKE TELLS US SHE MADE THE COMMENT OFF-THE-CUFF, AND NOW REALIZES IT DOESN’T LOOK RIGHT. SHE SAYS SHE WASN’T SUGGESTING MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY DON’T MAKE GOOD POLICE OFFICERS, BUT SAYS — “IF WE CAN’T PROTECT OFFICERS AND CIVILIANS BY BEING AWARE OF THESE KINDS OF ISSUES, WHAT ELSE ARE WE TO DO? NOT HIRE SOMEONE LIKE RANKIN?” SHE’S SINCE DELETED THE POST AND SAYS — “IF I’VE HURT ANYONE’S FEELINGS, I APOLOGIZE.” CLARKE WOULD NOT TALK TO US ON CAMERA. SHE SAYS SHE DIDN’T WANT IT TO LOOK LIKE SHE WAS USING THE MEDIA FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. PORTSMOUTH POLICE DECLINED TO COMMENT ON THE FACEBOOK POST. LIVE IN PORTSMOUTH, ERIN KELLY, 10 ON YOUR SIDE.

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