California police employee on leave for hateful posts that included support for shooting cops, authorities say

Dennis Shevchenko, 40, works as a community service officer but does not have arrest powers, Police Chief Anthony Mata said during a news conference. Shevchenko has been employed with the department since 2012. 

Dennis Shevchenko, a community service officer with the San Jose Police Department, was arrested after the FBI revealed he authored hateful posts online that allegedly advocated the shooting of police officers, authorities said Friday. 

Dennis Shevchenko, a community service officer with the San Jose Police Department, was arrested after the FBI revealed he authored hateful posts online that allegedly advocated the shooting of police officers, authorities said Friday.  (San Jose Police Department )

The FBI informed the police department about its investigation Oct. 14, and Shevchenko was arrested that night while on duty, Mata said. 

“This incident is unfortunate, and I am extremely disappointed that an employee in our organization may have harbored and spread these hateful messages,” Mata told reporters.

During a search of Shevchenko’s home, investigators seized multiple firearms and other items, Mata said. Shevchenko faces charges of possession of a concealed firearm, possession of an assault weapon and possession of a concealed dirk or dagger.

San Jose Police Department

San Jose Police Department

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