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Cop placed on leave after comment about activist's suicide

9 months 3 weeks 3 days ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 February 12, 2016 10:40 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow
Image: WHIO

FAIRBORN, Ohio - Officials say an Ohio police officer is being put on paid leave over a Facebook comment about a Black Lives Matter activist who killed himself on the Statehouse steps.

The comment posted under Fairborn officer Lee Cyr's account reads "Love a happy ending." It was posted on the Ohio Politics Facebook page Wednesday, two days after MarShawn McCarrel II killed himself.

Police say Cyr was off duty when the comment was posted.

City Police Chief Terry Barlow says internal affairs investigators will try to determine if Cyr violated the department's social media policy.

Cyr didn't return calls seeking comment.

McCarrel shot himself near the front door of the Statehouse on Monday. He had helped with protests after high-profile police shootings led to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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