St. Louis officer accused of misconduct after social media post
ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis police officer is accused of misconduct by the department’s internal affairs division after he wrote a social media post about a particularly violent shift and allowed the local newspaper to publish part of it.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that officer Ryan Lynch’s post included a plea to state officials to support police officers. The Aug. 23 Facebook post detailed a shift during which an armed 16-year-old led police on a chase and an 8-year-old was fatally shot.
“Next thing I know, I’m holding the hand of a 16-year-old as he begs me not to let him die. The 8-year-old wasn’t that lucky. The city gave us its worst tonight and I’m just appalled,” Lynch wrote.
“If you’re appalled as I am over the events this past summer, write your state politicians,” he continued. “We need backing here in the city. We need to be able to do our job fully. I’m tired of seeing dead babies.”
Lynch’s Facebook page is public, which means anyone can see it. The newspaper’s editorial page editor, Tod Robberson, asked Lynch for permission to publish an edited version of the post as an opinion item about a week later.
Lynch’s attorney and police declined to comment.
Internal affairs accused Lynch of “conduct unbecoming of an officer” and said he violated orders forbidding employees from speaking to media without authorization.
The police union filed a grievance Wednesday. Lynch’s attorney and police declined to comment.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com