Ferguson police officer suspended; called Michael Brown memorial ‘pile of trash’ — then lied about it

A police officer was suspended without pay for misleading his superiors when asked about his remarks calling a memorial to Michael Brown “a pile of trash.”

Last week in Ferguson, Mo., someone ran over the memorial with a car and destroyed it. Brown was shot and killed during an altercation with police in August 2014.

A reporter for the Washington Post asked Officer Timothy Zoll, the public information officer for the Ferguson Police Department, about the damage.

“I don’t know that a crime has occurred,” Zoll said. “But a pile of trash in the middle of the street? The Washington Post is making a call over this?”

Zoll, who initially denied making the comment, was suspended without pay for misleading his superiors when they asked him about those remarks, according to the Ferguson Police department official statement.

“The City of Ferguson wants to emphasize that negative remarks about the Michael Brown memorial do not reflect the feelings of the Ferguson Police Department and are in direct contradiction to the efforts of city officials to relocate the memorial to a more secure location,” the statement reads.

The department noted that even after the officer’s initial denial, it “continued the investigation until the truth was discovered.”

The driver who ran over the memorial hasn’t been identified.


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