NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Norfolk 911 dispatcher is in hot water for a comment she posted on Facebook.
Dispatcher Jessica Camarillo posted a comment on Facebook concerning the police-involved shooting of Joshua Omar Johnson, who was gunned down at a Wells Fargo after trying to pass a bad check and then reportedly hitting an officer with his car.
In a comment posted to the Facebook page of former Norfolk Police Officer Terry Busby on May 21, Camarillo wrote Johnson's family should pay for the inconvenience of police.
Camarillo's Facebook post read as follows:
"I think the officers should sue [Johnson's] family for putting the officers lives in danger, making detectives work past the time they were suppose to get off, the gas it took for them to get to the scene, the bullets used, the hospital bills, the equipment needed for forensics, and making me work the channel instead of reading my hot sexy book...lol"
A lot of people in the community are concerned a City employee would be so insensitive.
"Our tremendous concern is that a 911 dispatcher is holding that type of sentiment against citizens," said Johnson's friend Michael Muhammad. "Taking that type of judgment to a public forum like Facebook is very dangerous."
There's a lot of discussion on the Omar Johnson shooting, but Carmarillo's comment has outraged those close to him like Muhammad.
"To say that his family should be sued for the bullets that it took to kill him, and that this call disturbed you from your hot sexy novel, then this is behavior that can not be tolerated," Muhammad said. "It shows tremendous lack of consideration for human life for the families to hear that, and for our tax dollars that pay her salary to get this inconsideration."
Last Tuesday, the Facebook post became very public when Johnson's family and friends gathered at Norfolk City Hall and told council members about the comment.
"If you have this feeling in your heart for these people, what would you do if these people called you for help?", said a Johnson family friend, Diane Hayes.
WAVY.com called Camarillo, went to her home and drove to the 911 call center at the Norfolk Police Operations Center. She was not working at the center at the time and did not respond to any of our requests for comment.
Camarillo's boss at the 911 center, Director Jim Redick, did not return calls from WAVY.com, and Busby refused all WAVY.com calls for comment.
The 911 center referred WAVY.com to Norfolk City Spokesperson Lori Crouch who emailed WAVY.com, "We have a business conduct policy that dictates all employees will represent the City well, whether at work or at home."
When asked if Camarillo's Facebook post was an example of representing the City well, Crouch replied, "I can't answer that. This is a personnel issue."
"If the City of Norfolk will allow a person like this to remain in their employment, then I think the citizens need to take a look at who we allow to run our City government," Muhammad said.
"It actually made me sick to my stomach," said Hayes, who called Camarillo extremely unprofessional. "She did not think we would read it, and it hurts. It hurts. She's a dispatcher for 911. She is our first point of contact in an emergency...sometimes you can tell the ethnicity in the voice...if she hears me, she might throw me on the back burner."
Crouch emailed WAVY News after this story aired on the 6 p.m. broadcast.
"The City of Norfolk expects its employees to follow the business conduct policy," she wrote. "It includes employees use good judgment, behave responsibly, display appropriate workforce behavior and demonstrate the values of accountability, innovation, integrity and respect."
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