- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Police are investigating a Washington firefighter after he made inflammatory posts on Facebook in response to the fatal police shooting of a 37-year-old black man in Louisiana.

WTTG-TV reports (https://bit.ly/29qksr3) firefighter Norman Brooks made the posts Wednesday. In one, Brooks says “the citizens should take the law in their own hands and target racist cops.”

Washington police learned of the posts and reported them to the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department. The posts have since been removed.

Brooks says he wrote the posts after learning of the death of Alton Sterling, who died after being shot by Baton Rouge police officers. He says he doesn’t condone violence, but is tired by the lack of punishment for officers in police-involved shootings.

Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan says Brooks has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of police and internal investigations.

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Information from: WTTG-TV, https://www.myfoxdc.com


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