Police officer fired after alleged Facebook post about Michael Brown

Police officer fired after alleged Facebook post about Michael Brown (Image 1)

ELGIN, Ill. — Elgin Police Officer Jason Lentz was fired after officials determined a Facebook post “would undermine the credibility of the city or employees.”

A suburban Chicago police officer has been fired, authorities say because of Facebook posts he allegedly made.

Jason A. Lentz was a 17-year veteran of the Elgin Police Department. In a statement, Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda said Lentz was fired Monday after it was determined the officer engaged in conduct that “would undermine the credibility of the city or employees.”

In one Facebook post, Lentz allegedly said Missouri police officer Darren Wilson “did society a favor” when he shot and killed Michael Brown. The shooting prompted several days of unrest. Another post praised a parent’s decision to keep a child out of school on Veterans Day, noting schools are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Lentz and his attorney, Timothy D. O’Neil, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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