On Wednesday the Tallahassee Police Department announced it has placed one of its officers on leave over a “questionable” social media post.
Tallahassee Reports has obtained a copy of the Facebook post.
In a TPD statement, Police Chief Lawrence Revell said, “I hold every representative of TPD to the highest standard, whether on duty or off… I immediately called for Internal Affairs to open an investigation to determine if the post violates law or any TPD policy.”
A copy of the Facebook post is provided below.
In the Facebook post, the officer, identified as Sgt. Gavin Larremore by the Tallahassee Democrat, wrote about his experience during the recent protests that addressed social justice and the status of black lives.
The officer wrote, “By painting a huge BLM “mural” in a major intersection and calling it “art”, the city declared its support for an organization that spent the last month disrupting the lives of hard working Tallahassee citizens.”
The officer called the protesters a “mob of thugs.”
He said the “gang of loudmouths damaged businesses downtown, unlawfully restricted the free movement of the city’s law abiding citizens, attacked civilians and officers (including me personally)..all why chanting “F*** THE POLICE and promising to find out where we live so they could harm our families.”
The Tallahassee Democrat has reported that Larremore has been with TPD for 17 years and was one of the first officers on the scene when a truck drove into a crowd of protesters demonstrating downtown on May 30.
TPD says the officer was placed on leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.