- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho county prosecutor says a deputy prosecutor won’t be punished for posting a comment on social media that suggested genocide would occur if police officers stopped patrolling black neighborhoods.

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh tells the Coeur d’Alene Press (https://bit.ly/29KRcrK) that education on appropriate communication with the community is needed so that the community has confidence in their work.

Deputy Prosecutor Bryant Bushling made the post Sunday on Kootenai County Bailiff Todd Hartman’s Facebook page.

Hartman had posted a meme that showed a picture of a white officer and text suggesting that if police wanted to kill black people they would stop patrolling black neighborhoods.

McHugh says Bushling is an ethical attorney, and that McHugh has never had to question his use of appropriate factors in making decisions.


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