A Black Cincinnati, Ohio police officer has come under fire because of a Facebook post written in the immediate aftermath of the Alton Sterling shooting on July 5 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
According to Cincinnati’s Fox 19, district 5 officer, Freddie Vincent, wrote to Black friends and family to be careful around white police officers because they are “looking for a reason to kill a Black man.”
Since Fox 19‘s investigative report, the Cincinnati Police Department released a statement Thursday announcing an investigation into the matter:
“The Cincinnati Police Department strives to maintain a culture of professionalism, as well as transparency and accountability for our actions. I am proud of the work of the men and women of the Cincinnati Police Department and our efforts to work collaboratively with the community.
We are aware of a recent post to a commonly used social media site by one of our officers that refers to an interpretation of a law enforcement officer’s actions. The comments that were posted are under review as they relate to our Social Media procedure and our Rules and Regulations.”