Cop Fired for Joking About Black Lives Matter Suicide

Lee Cyr violated police department's social media policy, investigation finds
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2016 12:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – The Ohio police officer who allegedly joked about the suicide of a Black Lives Matter activist has been fired. Two days after MarShawn McCarrel II killed himself on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, Lee Cyr allegedly commented, "Love a happy ending" on a Facebook post about the suicide. The post was apparently deleted, but Cyr was placed on leave and has now lost his job, WDTN reports.

"This action is in violation of the department’s social media policy and does not conform to the Professional Standards & Core Values established by the organization," says the Fairborn Police Department in a press release. Cyr, who was off-duty when the comment was allegedly posted, had been with the department since 1994, WHIO reports. (Read more Black Lives Matter stories.)

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