Missouri Cop Posts ‘Racially Insensitive’ Photo Of Murder Suspect Misidentified As Michael Brown

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A photo being shared online of an Oregon murder suspect has been misidentified as deceased Missouri teen Michael Brown.

The picture shows an African American male with cash in his mouth and a gun in his hand. The man in the photo is 18-year-old Joda Cain. Cain and his cousin are facing murder charges after their great-grandmother was killed with a sledgehammer in October 2013.

A Kansas City police officer Marc Catron is now facing a disciplinary review after he posted the image to Facebook claiming it was Brown and commented: “I'm sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I'm sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community."

The image was shared nearly 1,000 times.

Viewers alerted KCTV5 to the post calling it “racially insensitive.”

Another post Catron shared on his Facebook page said: “Remember how white people rioted after OJ's acquittal? Me neither.”

The department provided the news channel with its eight-page social media policy.

"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," the policy states.

It says officers should not make posts or statements online that "ridicule, malign, disparage or otherwise express bias anything any race, any religion or other protected class of individuals."

Resident Sarah Jackson says that’s just what Catron did.

"I feel like the way he addressed it was very racial," Jackson told KCTV5.

President Barack Obama announced Monday afternoon that Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to Ferguson after an autopsy report found no signs of a struggle.

Cain and his cousin are in Oregon awaiting trail, which will begin next year. Cain lived briefly in Kansas City before he moved in with his great-grandmother in 2013.

Sources: KDSK, The Oregonian, KCTV5

Image credit: Facebook