A Harris County, Texas constable is receiving praise for his handling of some bigoted comments that showed up on the Harris County Precinct 1 Facebook Page this week.
Constable Alan Rosen used the Precinct Facebook Page to post the photo of a man who was captured by home surveillance cameras seemingly stealing packages off front porches of unsuspecting homeowners. Constable Rosen’s plan worked because the alleged thief was reportedly captured and a new post was placed up on Monday that showed the surveillance photo of the alleged thief in action along with a man deputy constables arrested approximately two weeks after the initial photo went up.
The suspect, identified as 47-year-old Frank Chavez, had been reported by an alert resident as a suspicious person roaming the neighborhood.
When Constable Rosen posted the side by image on FaceBook of Chavez and the man captured stealing packages on surveillance video, many comments came flooding in.
As is the case with social media, you had your serious remarks, trolls and some bigoted remarks.
After viewing the post, an individual commenting under the name Pedro Zabala decided to write, “Deport his ass,” presumably speaking about Chavez. Several other commenters also made remarks about Chavez’s possibly being an undocumented immigrant.
These remarks did not sit well with Constable Rosen, according to local reports.
He quickly put an end to things by jumping in the middle of the comment and clearing up Chavez’s immigration status.
“Chavez is a U.S. citizen born in Texas, according to court records,” Constable Rosen wrote on the page, in response to more than one inappropriate remark.
The arrest of the alleged culprit, coupled with his no-nonsense approach to casual bigotry on Facebook was said to earn the Constable widespread praise.
No court date has been set for Chavez and information about his charges were no immediately available.
[image via Harris County]