LMPD suspends, demotes officer over controversial Facebook post

Updated: Nov. 9, 2016 at 4:30 PM EST
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Ryan Scanlan (Source: LMPD)
Ryan Scanlan (Source: LMPD)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville Metro police officer has been suspended and demoted for posting a controversial image on his personal Facebook page, the police chief announced Wednesday.

Ryan Scanlan shared an image of a white police officer with the text "If we wanted you dead all we'd have to do is stop patrolling your neighborhoods…and wait."

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said an internal investigation found Scanlan violated department procedures and hurt the agency's relationship with the public. Scanlan will be suspended without pay for 30 days. He will also lose his detective position and be transferred to uniformed patrol.

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Conrad said he does not typically comment on internal discipline but felt he needed to explain his actions given the media attention and public outcry brought by Scanlan's post.

In October, the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections suspended and demoted an officer who shared the same image. Derek Hale was suspended for 29 days and lost his rank as sergeant.

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