An officer in Kansas City is facing review after ranting on Facebook about Michael Brown, the Ferguson, Missouri teen who was shot dead by a local police officer.
Officer Marc Catron took to Facebook to vent about the case of 18-year-old Brown, who was unarmed when Ferguson cop Darren Wilson shot him six times, twice in the head. Catron shared a picture on his page of who he thought was Michael Brown with a wad of money in his mouth and a gun pointed at the camera.
“I'm sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood,” Catron posted along with the photo. “I'm sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.”
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As it turns out, the photo that Catron posted was not of Brown. The young man pictured with the money and gun is 18-year-old Joda Cain who, along with his cousin, is accused of murdering his great grandmother with a sledgehammer.
In addition to the photo, Catron also posted a meme that reads, “Remember how white people rioted after OJ's acquittal? Me neither.”
Catron’s original post with the picture of Cain has been shared well over a thousands times since it was posted, and now, he’s facing an internal review from the Kansas City Police Department.
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“Because members of this department are held to a higher standard than general members of the public, the online activities of members of this department shall reflect such professional expectations and standards,” states the department’s policy regarding the use of the Internet.
Sarah Jackson, who saw the posts and reported them to the Kansas City Police Department, says she didn’t think they were appropriate, especially with all that is going on in Ferguson right now.
"Right now with all the tension going on in Ferguson and there's a lot of uncertainty right now and I feel like those pictures were demeaning and judgmental, very one-sided," said Jackson to KCTV 5 News. "These are the people that serve and protect us. And more than one wrong doesn't make a right."
Catron has yet to comment on the situation.