Policing the Police: Memphis Officers Suspended Over Racist Snapchat

Policing the Police: Memphis Officers Suspended Over Racist Snapchat

Look at the snap the MPD director calls "disgusting."

Published July 11th

After sending a crude and offensive Snapchat, two Memphis police officers have been suspended without pay.

The snap that was sent out shows a hand with a gun being pointed at an emoji of a Black man. One officer took and sent the snap, while the other officer posted the photo to Twitter. To make matters worse, the snap was taken on the very night of Dallas shooting, where five officers were killed during protests of the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Interim Memphis Police Department Director Mike Rallings told WHBQ, “The image is disgusting and will not be tolerated.”

"We are certainly responsible for the decisions we make, and we are held to a higher standard,” Rallings said, “The fact that it could have been a Memphis police officer just blew me away, and again we deal with these things.”

The officer who originally sent the snap could be fired from the department, while the officer who retweeted the image is facing a less harsh punishment.

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: WHBQ-TV,Fox 13 Memphis Local News)

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