Crime

August 20, 2014

KC police officer’s online post about Ferguson case is under scrutiny

The post showed a picture of a young man with a wad of money in his mouth and a gun in his hand. “I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community,” Officer Marc Catron commented in the post with the photograph. The picture actually shows a murder suspect in Oregon.

A Kansas City police officer’s posting on Facebook about Michael Brown has prompted a large online backlash.

The post showed a picture of a young man with a wad of money in his mouth and a gun in his hand. The posting indicated the man was Brown, the 18-year-old killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., earlier this month.

“I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community,” Officer Marc Catron commented in the post with the photograph.

Though the picture actually shows a murder suspect in Oregon, it has been disseminated widely on Facebook as being Brown.

The officer’s posting, and publicity about his post, has prompted a Facebook group titled “Marc Catron isn’t worthy of the shield.” By Wednesday afternoon, the group had more than 900 members.

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté said on Twitter that the matter is being addressed but that because it was a personnel issue, he could not comment about it publicly. A department spokesman said Catron declined to comment.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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