The Fall River police officer who shared a post criticizing George Floyd to the department’s Facebook page on Wednesday is being reassigned as an independent investigation into the incident continues.
Fall River Police Chief Jeffrey Cardoza said in a statement late Wednesday night that the officer involved is being transferred to an assignment “that has no contact with the public,” while an investigator from outside the department conducts a probe into the incident.
The critical post shared by the officer to the department Facebook page on Wednesday came a day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges in the killing of Floyd last May.
“Chauvin immediately stood and calmly placed his hands behind his back. Imagine where we’d be had George done the same,” the tweet read, according to The Fall River Herald News. The post was soon deleted from the department’s Facebook page.
Cardoza said in a statement the officer thought they were re-posting the tweet to their personal Facebook page and the individual was one of a few designated officers with access to the department’s official page.
The chief said the “posting in no way reflects the beliefs of this organization.”
“I am personally disappointed these attitudes exist,” he said in a statement. “Through training, we have been and will continue to ensure our staff practices fair and impartial policing.”
The chief said the incident will be “thoroughly” investigated and addressed, including with potential disciplinary action.
The name of the officer involved has not yet been released by the department.
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