Law enforcement officials in Idaho are being accused of bullying after a 19-year-old killed himself over the weekend.
Family members of Andrew Cain say that he committed suicide after the Latah County Sheriff’s Office posted a Facebook comment about him.
The comment read: “We have decided that Andrew Cain is no longer the Wanted Person of the Week … he is the Wanted Person of the Month of June. Congratulations!”
Latah County Sheriff Wayne Rausch said that Cain was wanted for a few crimes, including a drug-related charge for marijuana, and that a warrant had been issued for his arrest, according to KTVB.
Cain’s sister, Alise Smith, called the post “childish.” She said that after strangers began sending messages to her brother, it became too much for the young man.
“Those are the people protecting us, that is just not right," Smith said. “It's like he couldn't escape it for five minutes cause everyone around him shared it and was bringing it up.”
Rausch admitted the post was not appropriate and said that is has never been his policy to editorialize in press releases about the location and apprehension of suspects. He said the post was removed from Facebook and also sent his condolences to Cain’s family.
“I was saddened to hear about the suicide of yet another young adult in our community,” Rausch said.