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KC police trying to determine if officer violated department’s social media policy

A Kansas City police officer is facing public scrutiny after a social media post claimed the shooting death of an unarmed man by a police officer in Tulsa was a “good shoot.”
A Kansas City police officer is facing public scrutiny after a social media post claimed the shooting death of an unarmed man by a police officer in Tulsa was a “good shoot.” kmeyers@kcstar.com

A Kansas City police officer is facing public scrutiny after a social media post claimed the shooting death of an unarmed man by a police officer in Tulsa was a “good shoot.”

According to a screenshot posted on Facebook by the Ida B. Wells Coalition Against Racism and Police Brutality in Kansas City, Donald Ebert wrote on Wednesday: “Should have dropped the entitlement card and listened the first time. Good shoot.”

A police spokeswoman confirmed that Ebert is an officer with the Kansas City Police Department. The department has a social media policy in place and investigators are trying to determine if Ebert violated the policy.

“We are aware of the postings and are currently investigating for potential officer misconduct,” Kansas City Police Capt. Stacey Graves wrote in an email.

Ebert’s comment was in reference to the shooting death of Terence Crutcher of Tulsa.

Betty Shelby, a Tulsa police officer, allegedly shot and killed Crutcher last week. Crutcher was unarmed.

Shelby was charged with first-degree felony manslaughter on Thursday in connection with the case.

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter

A link to the Kansas City Police Department’s social media policy. http://kcmo.gov/police/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/01/PPBM261.pdf

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