Cop placed on leave after comment about activist’s suicide

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FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP): Officials say a southwest Ohio police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave over a Facebook comment posted about a Black Lives Matter activist who killed himself on the steps of the Statehouse.

The comment reads “Love a happy ending.” It was posted on the Ohio Politics Facebook page two days after MarShawn McCarrel II killed himself on Monday.

Police say Fairborn officer Lee Cyr was off duty when the comment was posted.

City Police Chief Terry Barlow says an internal affairs complaint has been started. An investigation is expected to determine if Cyr violated the department’s social media policy. Officers cannot post on social media while on duty.

Cyr previously served as a West Carrollton Schools Board of Education member until 2013.


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