A Denver police officer has been fired after he allegedly shared a photo of himself and two other officers dressed in riot gear on social media with a caption that read, “Let’s start a riot” amid local protests in response to the death of George Floyd.
A screenshot of the officer’s Instagram post was shared on Reddit Monday.
Tommy McClay’s Instagram account has since been removed, and the post is no longer viewable.
The Denver Police Department said the officers in the photo have been reassigned and will not be working the protests.
the department tweeted on Tuesday that it decided to fire the officer, Thomas McClay after it launched “an Internal Affairs investigation into a social media post” he made.
UPDATE: #Denver pic.twitter.com/1rxGNbjCfE
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) June 2, 2020
“The Internal Affairs Investigation revealed that the officer violated the Department’s social media policy, posted content inconsistent with the values of the Department, and the officer has been terminated,” the office added.
According to local NBC affiliate KUSA, the department’s social media policy bars employees from posting content that “could reasonably be considered to represent the views or positions of this department without written permission from the Chief of Police.”