Glendale officer suspended for anti-protester Facebook posts issues apology

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 26 at 4:39 AM

(KMOV.com) – A Glendale police officer who was suspended for making comments about the situation in Ferguson issued an apology Monday.

The lawyer for Officer Michael Pappert  issued a written apology, but his client was not willing to go on camera.

“He’s a mess right now,” his attorney said. “It’s an embarrassment.”

He was placed on leave after he reportedly posted comments on his personal Facebook page that read protesters “should be put down like a rabid dog.”

His lawyer told News 4 Pappert’s comments came out of frustration with the situation in Ferguson. His attorney also said Pappert is looking into sensitivity training.

See original story below: 

GLENDALE, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- An officer with the Glendale Police Department was suspended following a series of inappropriate Facebook posts, police said in a news release Friday.

The officer, Matthew Pappert, allegedly made several posts criticizing Ferguson protesters and rioters.

In one post, Pappert allegedly writes, "These protesters should be put down like a rabid dog the first night."  There are reportedly five inappropriate posts.  

Police said "the matter is being taken very seriously and a thorough internal investigation will be conducted to determine why the posts were made."

Police continue to say that the comments made by Officer Pappert "are absolutely not the viewers and/or opinions of the Glendale Police Department or the City of Glendale, Missouri."

The city canceled a block party Friday night for all Glendale residents because of the posts.  The city feared protesters would threaten to disrupt the event.

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