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Officer accused of misconduct after social media post

September 5, 2019

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis police officer is accused of misconduct by the department’s internal affairs division after he wrote a social media post about a particularly violent shift and allowed the local newspaper to publish part of it.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that officer Ryan Lynch’s post included a plea to state officials to support police officers. The Aug. 23 Facebook post detailed a shift during which an armed 16-year-old led police on a chase and an 8-year-old was fatally shot.

Lynch’s attorney and police declined to comment.

Internal affairs accused Lynch of “conduct unbecoming of an officer” and said he violated orders forbidding employees from speaking to media without authorization.

The police union filed a grievance Wednesday. Lynch’s attorney and police declined to comment.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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