Pittsburgh Police Officer Placed on Desk Duty After Celebrating Jimmy Wopo’s Death on Facebook
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Martin's post in question, since deleted, came in response to another user's comment about the city's reaction to Wopo's fatal shooting on June 18. "No one protesting for him?" the user wrote. "Everyone forgot about the wopo murder that quick?"
Martin replied, "Not me. I'm still celebrating."
Pittsburgh police announced they were investigating Martin on Friday (June 22) after screenshots of the Facebook post started circulating on social media. "We will hold this officer accountable for his actions," a spokesman said in a statement. "Comments that disparage victims and endanger the community and fellow officers will not be tolerated by the City of Pittsburgh."
In announcing Martin's reassignment, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto seemed less focused on victims and the community, and more focused on the safety of police officers. "It was a comment that not only created additional duress during this situation but also put his fellow officers in potential danger," Peduto told the Post-Gazette.
The Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board is also investigating Martin for potentially violating the police department's social media policy, Executive Director Elizabeth Pittinger said Monday.
Wopo was killed in a reported "ambush" in Pittsburgh's Middle Hill neighborhood while sitting in the driver's seat of a 2007 Mazda. The rapper was 21 years old. His manager has said that funeral viewings will be open to the public on Wednesday and Thursday before Wopo's burial on Friday.
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