Jonathan Resinski is a police officer from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States. He is also a novice racer.
In June 2020, a video of an African-American man being arrested in Georgia, USA was posted on Facebook and went viral. Using a fake account under the name Randall Raines, Resinski wrote a racist remark in the video’s comment section.
“Animals,” the Upper Darby Police Department officer wrote. “How much to send them back to Africa? Not asking for a friend.”
It was Jeff Sutton of Waterford, Michigan, USA who discovered that Randall Raines was actually Resinski. Sutton told 6abc Action News that he just noticed the Facebook profile picture of the racist commenter was of “a motorcycle racer, like a semi-pro” and “just started looking and googled about who he was, maybe he was a semi pro guy and maybe his sponsors would want to know what kind of guy they’re sponsoring.”
The Upper Darby Police Department placed Resinski on administrative leave because of the comment, which came just one month after the fatal arrest of George Floyd, which reignited the Black Lives Matter movement. Here are 13 facts about him:
- He was born in 1980 to Garry Leo Resinski and Linda Marrical Resinski. They originally lived in Broomall, Pennsylvania.
- He lived in Wilmington, Delaware, USA and Dagsboro, Delaware as well as in Havertown, Pennsylvania and Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA.
- He is the cousin of Todd Marrical and Andrea Marrical. Their grandmother Rosalee Civatella Marrical died on October 9, 2007. Todd and Andrea are the children of Charles Marrical Jr. and Linda Marrical.
- Among his Upper Darby Police Department colleagues were Steve Russo and Montess Trapp.
- On November 18, 2009, he was working his first shift as an Upper Darby police officer when he and his partner Officer Charles Peterson arrested Kevin Rucker of the 4800 block of Chester Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Marvel Grierson of the 1600 block of N. 62nd Street in Philadelphia, who held up two women, Delco Times reported.
- On January 8, 2011, he was one of the recipients of commendations of merit at the Upper Darby Police Department’s annual commendations ceremony held at Upper Darby High Performing Arts Center in Drexel Hill, Philadelphia. The award was given to officers who apprehended suspects in major crimes in 2010.
- On February 12, 2012, he was driving through the intersection of School Lane and Shadeland Avenue in Drexel Hill on his way to respond to a fellow officer’s call for assistance, his car was strongly hit in the rear. He and the striking vehicle’s driver were transported to Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, where they were both treated and released, Delco New Network reported.
- On October 20, 2012, Delaware County dispatch summoned him to the area of School Lane and Irvington Road in Upper Darby. When he arrived at the scene, he found Robert J. Boyden, was reported as a white male in his early 40s who was staggering about the street, climbed the wall of the Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, walked over to a tree and laid down underneath of it.
- On February 25, 2014, he was one of the individual recipients of unit citations who were honored by Upper Darby police superintendent Mike Chitwood and Upper Darby mayor Thomas Micozzie in a special commendation and awards ceremony in council chambers at the Upper Darby Municipal Building.
- His bike is GSXR-600 2011 Suzuki 600cc, his bike number is 550 and he has been racing since 2017, according to his WERA Motorcycle Road Racing profile.
- On March 11, 2017, he was one of the officers responded to the 911 call involving an 8-year-old boy who set fire to paper towels after being left alone by his mother Potehboe K. Suah in their apartment in the Ashland Terrace Apartments in Secane, Pennsylvania, Delco Times reported.
- On August 9, 2017, he was working security and watching the monitor when he saw a vehicle enter the gated area of the parking lot of the Upper Darby Police Department. The vehicle was a black 2008 Ford station wagon and the driver was identified as Sean McCullough of Clamar Avenue, Havertown, Daily Local News reported.
- During a disciplinary hearing, he admitted making a racist comment on social media and explained that he did that out of frustration and anxiety. On July 17, 2020, a group of people protested in front of Aronomink Elementary School in Drexel Hill calling for him to be fired.