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

(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.

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"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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