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TPD Chief: Officer demoted, placed on unpaid suspension after "questionable" social media post

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 15:02:14-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A Tallahassee Police officer has been demoted and is on an 80-hour unpaid suspension after an investigation into a "questionable" post shared on social media found the officer violated TPD's policies.

The investigation was prompted by TPD Chief Lawrence Revell on July 9, according to a statement sent to ABC 27. After being made aware of the post, Revell said he called Internal Affairs to open an investigation to determine if the post violates law or any TPD policy.

The officer was placed on leave pending investigation, as per protocol.

Based on the findings, the officer has been placed on an 80-hour unpaid suspension and is being demoted. The officer, who has not been identified, will also be required to undergo counseling.

“The findings substantiated violations of TPD social media and rules of conduct policies," Chief Revell said in a statement. "As Chief of Police, I called for this investigation because I hold every representative of TPD to the highest standard, whether on duty or off. As we work to strengthen our relationships within the community, I am committed to ensuring we serve all citizens with trust and respect.”

Tuesday's statement, like TPD's initial statement last month, did not specify what was said in the social media post. The officer involved has not been identified by TPD.

This is a developing story.