Cop Fired for Facebook Threat to 5-Year-Old Black Girl

'We'll see how much her life matters soon,' Kansas cop posted
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2016 1:03 PM CDT
Cop Fired for Facebook Threat to 5-Year-Old Black Girl
LaNaydra Williams, right, and her daughter India.   (YouTube)

On Thursday night, someone posted a chilling comment on LaNaydra Williams' Facebook page under images of her young daughter. "We'll see how much her life matters soon," the post on the Dallas woman's page read. "Better be careful leaving your info open where she can be found :) Hold her close tonight it'll be the last time." The comment was eventually deleted, but Williams took a picture of it and linked it to its source: a police officer in Overland Park, Kansas, the Kansas City Star reports. By end of day Friday, the Overland Park PD had investigated the incident and fired the officer, IDed by the New York Daily News as Rodney Lee Wilson, and it says that a criminal investigation is also in progress.

The warning was apparently a Black Lives Matter reference made after last week's Dallas police shooting that left five cops dead. But Williams says she doesn't know anyone in Kansas, let alone Wilson, and she has no clue how he came across her page and decided to threaten 5-year-old India. WDAF did discover the profile picture on her Facebook account had been of a person dressed in black holding a knife to a police officer's throat; Williams concedes Facebook has since deleted her account. Williams says she appreciates Wilson has been terminated, as well as the apology offered by Chief Francis Donchez when he called her personally to deliver the news—but she says "it's not OK," adding, "She's all I have. India is my heart." (More Overland Park, Kansas stories.)

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