Davidson calls on Delco police officer to step down

UPPER DARBY, JUNE 12 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, today issued a statement denouncing police officer Sgt. Robert “Skippy” Carroll, a Delaware County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 27 1st vice president, for his recent posts on social media.

“For my entire career, I have worked tirelessly to fight against every type of injustice,” Davidson said. “People of color encounter too many injustices in their everyday lives. Although these are traumatic and passionate times, I believe our communities are unifying behind the pursuit of equality and justice for all.

“Yet at a time when the lines of demarcation could not be more clear, you either support police brutality or you are against brutality, Robert ‘Skippy’ Carroll, chose to use brutal language ‘destroy’ to threaten businesses who are on the right side of history.

“If this was one moment of misguided passion, his social media posts could possibly be explained, but Mr. Carroll has had a history of troubling points of view -- including denouncing education about Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights icon whose hallmark was nonviolent protest. 

“What makes Carroll’s posts more egregious is the fact Carroll serves in a leadership capacity.

“The great John Maxwell, an executive trainer on leadership declares that ‘everything rises and falls on leadership.’ Carroll's declared bias makes him the wrong person to lead our police force forward, especially considering the reforms and changes the public is demanding.  

“I would hope that Carroll would take the time to self-reflect and step down. He needs to re-tool and re-train if he ever expects to be a servant leader in a profession that takes an oath to protect and serve -- not to ‘destroy’.”

Carroll posted a response on the lodge's official Facebook page that read, "If you choose to speak out against the police or our members, we will do everything in our power to not support your business." Then, on his own personal Facebook page, Carroll posted, "Try us. We'll destroy you."