Officer in possible trouble for false Facebook picture of Michael Brown

A police officer in Kansas City, Mo., is in potential hot water with his department for posting a picture and inflammatory commentary about the Michael Brown shooting case that included a murder suspect from another state.

marccatron0819cropAccording to KCTV Channel 5, Kansas City police Officer Marc Catron used Facebook to post the picture of the accused killer — a 17-year-old from Oregon named Joda Cain — with money stuffed in his mouth and a gun in his hand with the words, “I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.”

Other Facebook users reposted the photo, KCTV reported, including to the station’s own website.

Another Catron post about the violence racking Ferguson, Mo., recalled the O.J. Simpson trial’s end in 1995.

“Remember how white people rioted after OJ’s acquittal? Me neither.”

The police department told KCTV  it is investigating whether the officer violated department policies regarding social media, which state department employees are allowed to express their opinions as individuals, but should not post materials that “ridicule, malign, disparage or otherwise express bias [against] any race, any religion or other protected class of individuals.”

KCTV said it could not reach Catron for comment.

Check out the KCTV report here.

Twitter users were surprisingly uniform in condemning the posting.

But at least one was troubled by the apparent willingness of a police department to investigate an employee for solely private activity.

 

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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