Elgin police officer Jason Lentz got a bit more than he bargained for when he decided to post an insensitive remark about the shooting of Mike Brown to his Facebook page.
“Hmmm … innocent victim my a**. Did society a favor,” he captioned a link to a report that Mike Brown had allegedly stolen cigars from a local convenience store before his death.
The post was later reported to the Illinois police department by a fellow Elgin officer, the Courier-News reports. Initially, Lentz was asked to remove the post. But instead, he shortened the caption to “Hmmm …” On August 26, department leaders placed Lentz on administrative leave. The leave was the fourth time in his 17 years of employment with the Elgin Police Department that Lentz was stripped of his police powers.
On September 29, Lentz was officially terminated by the Elgin Police Department.
“Effective 09.29.14, Jason Lentz was terminated from his position as a police officer with the City of Elgin. This action was a result of postings he initiated on his personal social media website,” Deputy Police Chief Bill Wolf revealed.
Police Chief Jefferey Swoboda also released a statement on Lentz’s termination saying:
“Our relationship with the community is based upon trust. When an officer violates this trust, action must be taken.”
Unsurprisingly, this is not the first time that Lentz’s insensitive Facebook posts have landed him in hot water. In the past, he has also served one to three-day suspensions, which included a suspension as recent as June for previous Facebook posts. Hopefully he has learned his lesson, but the chances of that seem unlikely.