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Kansas City policeman creates Ferguson-Facebook controversy

Image of murder suspect, Joda cain, not Michael Brown
Courtesy of the NY Daily News via Facebook

On August 19, 2014, the New York Daily News ran a story about a Kansas City policeman named Marc Catron who allegedly shared a misleading image of a young man who looked very much like the deceased teenager Michael Brown of the Ferguson, Missouri outrage. Above the picture was a rather abrupt comment that was considered offense by many in the Facebook community.

The post soon went viral, with many on social media immediately began calling for a Kansas City police investigation into the matter along with an official reprimand of Officer Catron. The young man in the Facebook image was shown pointing a handgun directly into the camera with a bottle of alcohol on the table and a wad of cash in his mouth. The young man in the photo was not Ferguson's Michael Brown. It was a picture of Joda Cain, an Oregon murder suspect accused of killing his very own great-grandmother.

The fact that a police officer could have made this kind of mistake by accident is part of the reason for the Facebook uproar. Many believe that the Cain photo was intentionally used to create shock value to support the rather sarcastic comment written above.

I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.

Should a professional law enforcement officer be making such hurtful comments about an unarmed teen who was recently shot and killed by a fellow policeman in Ferguson, Missouri? Perhaps not. A spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department is stating that Catron’s actions are being regarded as a personnel issue that will be addressed. Catron’s actions are now under internal review.

But this isn't the officer’s first brush with controversy on Facebook. He had previously posted another strange comment on the social media site that read, “Remember how white people rioted after OJ’s acquittal? Me neither”.

A reporter from CBS News affiliate KNOE has tried to reach Officer Catron for comment, but the policeman has so far refused to respond.

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