Shreveport police training officer on departmental leave, under administrative investigation over Facebook post

The social media post in question critiqued the firing of 4 Minneapolis officers in the death of George Floyd

SPD officer on leave, under administrative investigation over Facebook post critiquing firing of 4 Minneapolis officers in death of George Floyd

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A Shreveport police training officer is on departmental leave after a social media post surfaced of him critiquing the firing of four Minneapolis officers in the death of George Floyd.

SPD Training Officer Brent Mason also is the subject of an administrative investigation, police Cpl. Angie Willhite said.

Police Chief Ben Raymond, speaking during a news conference Thursday afternoon, confirmed the investigation and said he reached out to Mason when he was sent a copy of the post Wednesday and had the officer redact the post.

KSLA News 12 streamed the news conference live here and on the KSLA News 12 app:

Raymond and Mayor Adrian Perkins urged citizens to let the ongoing investigation play out.

The mayor asked “... those who are furious in the moment to be patient.”

The police chief did confirm that the Facebook post was made on Mason’s personal account and has since been removed.

The post read:

“I have been training Police for over 12yrs now and with more than 25 years of service .. This is a common mistake and poor technique often made by Police Officers. The knee is not supposed to go across the nap of the neck. Most common when the suspect is assisting by bucking or bridging. The knee has to angled across the shoulder blades during handcuffing. This was a mistake or misstep not an act of murder. Normally this mistake does not result in death. The cause of death will be more likely to be positional asphyxia or excited delirium. This individual more likely had health conditions and toxics in his blood. (no report yet) I feel that Minneapolis Police Dept. Jumped the gun by arresting and firing the 4 officers. Wow.. where is the innocent until proven guilty !! ?? Minnesota ??”
— Brent Mason/Facebook

Below the text was an image of Floyd with Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck.

On Wednesday, May 27, the Shreveport Police Department shared this post:

The views expressed by individual officers on their personal social media accounts do not reflect the views or values of...

Posted by Shreveport Police Department on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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