KAYSVILLE, Utah, May 28, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — A Kaysville Police officer and his wife have denied allegations that they posted “hateful and racist” comments on a Facebook news story about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Floyd’s death Monday night has sparked heated protests across the country after video emerged that shows the unarmed 46-year-old black man handcuffed and on the ground saying, “I can’t breathe,” as a police officer held him down with a knee on his neck. Floyd had been arrested outside a deli on suspicion of forgery. He died later at a hospital. All four officers involved in the incident have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department.
“On May 28, the Kaysville Police Department received multiple notifications that the wife of a Kaysville police officer or someone representing themselves to be his wife posted some incredibly hateful and racist comments on an ABC Facebook news story about the officer involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis,” said a Thursday night news release from Kaysville PD.
“The Kaysville Police Department strongly condemns these comments from whoever posted them, but especially if it was from an officer or any of their family members or associates.”
As part of an in-depth investigation into the matter, the officer and his wife were interviewed, the news release said.
“They strongly denied the allegations and expressed concern that a fake profile may have been created to post the comments,” the news release said. “The FBI has agreed to provide investigative assistance with their cyber terrorism unit. We are committed to finding the truth in this matter and enforcing any violation of policy or law to the fullest extent possible.”
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.