Officer mistakenly posts photo of murder suspect in Michael Brown rant
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City officer is facing an internal review after venting on social media about the shooting death of Michael Brown.
The officer’s postings included a picture of a person whom he claimed was Brown.
According to KCTV, the man is actually an accused murderer from Oregon.
A picture that is circulating Facebook has repeatedly been mistaken for Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed in Missouri.
When Sarah Jackson saw a Kansas City police officer post the picture, she spoke out.
“Right now, with all the tension going on in Ferguson and the kid being, you know. There’s a lot of uncertainty right now and I feel like the pictures were very demeaning and judgmental, very one-sided,” said Jackson.
According to KCTV, Officer Marc Catron posted, “I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.”
Catron also allegedly posted, “Remember how white people rioted after OJ’s acquittal? Me neither.”
“I feel like the way he addressed it was very racial,” said Jackson.
The police department’s media policy prohibits employees from posting anything “otherwise bias against any race, any religion or other protected class of individuals.”
“These are the people that serve and protect us and I just feel like more than one wrong doesn’t make a right,” she said.
KCTV has identified the person in the photo as Joda Cain, one of two men accused of using a sledgehammer to kill their great-grandmother.
A spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department told KCTV, “This is a personnel issue that will be addressed with the officer.”