Ferguson officer placed on leave after referring to Mike Brown memorial as trash
By Adam McDonald
By Adam McDonald
FERGUSON, Mo (KMOV.com) – The Ferguson Public Information Officer for the City of Ferguson Police Department has been placed on unpaid leave after referring to the Michael Brown memorial as ‘trash.’
According to the Washington Post, Officer Timothy Zoll, the Ferguson Police Department’s public relations officer said no crime had been reported in connection to the memorial’s destruction early Friday morning. Zoll suggested the department would look at any video of the incident, but did not specify whether the department would investigate after a vehicle allegedly ran over the memorial on Canfield Drive.
“I don’t know that a crime has occurred,” Zoll said to a Washington Post reporter on Friday. He was quoted as saying “But a pile of trash in the middle of the street? That Washington Post is making a call over this?”
The City of Ferguson released a statement Saturday, saying they initiated an internal investigation, and Officer Zoll admitted he misled his superiors when they inquired about the contents of his interview.
Officer Zoll has now been placed on unpaid leave, effective immediately, while the department evaluates disciplinary action.
The City of Ferguson’s statement says the “negative remarks about the memorial do not reflect the feelings of the Ferguson Police Department and are in direct contradiction to the efforts of city officials to relocate the memorial to a more secure location.”
Department officials say they are focused on creating a trusting relationship with the entire community and taking steps to improve the effectiveness of the department.?