Black St. Louis Police Officers are speaking up against another officer and a News Photographer at KTVI, the Fox affiliate in St. Louis.
The cops say that Jerry Foster (who uses the name "Jerry Allen" on social media), a white police officer, posted a comment about Michael Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, speaking at the Democratic National Convention. Brown was the man killed in Ferguson, MO. by Officer Darren Wilson in 2014.
KTVI Photographer Bobby Hughes replied to Allen's post a number of times, including this, which pokes fun a Brown's death.
The Ethical Society of Police, an organization that represents 200 minority police officers, released a statement demanding that Hughes apologize to the community and Brown’s family for his remarks.
“The reference to ‘lead,’ the loss of ‘200 lbs in two years,’ and other words in this statement are a clear reference to Michael Brown being shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in 2014,” according to the society’s statement.
The trivial manner in which Mr. Hughes refers to the brutal death of Michael Brown is disheartening. We should all seek to behave in a manner that’s humane to others, especially when someone has experienced such a loss as Mrs. McSpadden and the Brown family.”
The Ethical Society contacted Fox 2 News today, and Hughes has since removed his posted replies.
The station has yet to comment. Hughes did make a another post trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube.
“I would like to apologize for the hurtful posts I recently made on my Facebook page. I specifically want to tell Michael Brown’s family how very sorry I am. As a parent, I can’t imagine losing a child and what I wrote was incredibly insensitive considering all that Mrs. Lezley McSpadden has been through. My two inappropriate posts are by no means a reflection of the views at KTVI/KPLR. They are a news organization that prides itself on being fair. I on the other hand was anything but fair-and for that I am deeply sorry. I hope you’ll accept my apology.”