Montclair PBA says Facebook page was hacked after political posts
The Montclair police union says a hacker is to blame for recent posts on its Facebook page that appeared to celebrate Donald Trump's election.
Montclair Police Benevolent Association Local 53 wrote that "the page was hacked and unauthorized access was made," in a message posted Thursday in the early morning hours. The union says the posts were not made by the PBA local and have been removed.
A meme posted on Monday showed a police officer running with the caption: "Guys!! Trump Won!! We Get To Be Cops Again!!!"
News 12 New Jersey received several calls, emails and messages through social media about the post Wednesday night. Many members of the community commented on the meme to express their concern and displeasure at the message.
Early Thursday morning a second post was made that said "unfortunately it appears that many chose to conclude what THEY believe the post stood for." It listed the number of police officers killed in the line of duty from 2010 to 2016.
Both the Trump meme and the post that listed the number of police officers killed were deleted and a new post was made to explain that the Facebook page was compromised. Montclair PBA says that the Facebook password was also changed and that officials would "keep closer observance to the page."
The union says there have never been political posts on its page before.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.