Glendale, Mo (KMOV.com) - Glendale police announced Thursday they have fired officer Matthew Pappert.
Pappert had been suspended for making Facebook posts criticizing protesters in Ferguson. One post read "These protesters should be put down like a rabid dog the first night."
Pappert later issued an apology.
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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.