- The Washington Times - Friday, February 12, 2016

An Ohio police officer has been placed on administrative leave over a Facebook comment celebrating the suicide of a Black Lives Matter activist.

The comment, “Love a happy ending,” was posted under the name Lee Cyr on the Ohio Politics Facebook page two days after MarShawn McCarrel killed himself on the front steps of the Ohio Statehouse on Monday, a local CBS News affiliate reported.

“When we were made aware of a Facebook post that was linked to a Fairborn police officer, an internal affairs complaint was initiated,” said Fairborn Police Chief Terry Barlow. “Issues such as this that may bring discredit on the department is against policy.”

Police said Officer Cyr was not on duty when the comment was posted. If the investigation determines the officer was responsible for the post, he will have violated the police department’s social media policy, CBS reported.

Dayton NAACP President Derrick Forward said the officer should be fired if he wrote the comment.

“At the end of the day these are the people we entrust with guns to legally kill people to legally protect and serve people,” he told a local Fox News affiliate. “We are glad that the chief of police has taken swift and decisive action.”

McCarrel shot himself near the front door of the Statehouse on Monday. He had helped with protests after high-profile police shootings led to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Tristina Allen, a Wright State University student, was a friend of McCarrell’s and helped him organize Black Lives Matter events.

“If [Officer Cyr] did post it I’m not surprised,” she told CBS. “I think it is completely unacceptable for someone who is supposed to protect and serve to have that comment towards someone who is dead.”



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