Ohio Cop Allegedly Calls Black Activist’s Suicide ‘A Happy Ending’

Cierra Bailey
An Ohio police officer is on leave after referring to an activist's recent suicide as a "happy ending" on Facebook.

Prominent Black Lives Matter activist, MarShawn McCarrel II committed suicide on the Ohio Statehouse steps earlier this week. His tragic and unexpected death made national headlines.

While there are many in the country — particularly police officers — who have negative views on the Black Lives Matter movement, the loss of a young life is never a celebratory occasion. However, a Fairborn, Ohio police officer thought otherwise.

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Officer Lee Cyr is being placed on paid administrative leave for allegedly posting a Facebook comment that read “Love a happy ending” on the Ohio Politics Facebook page just two days after McCarrel’s death.

Cyr was reportedly off-duty when the comment was posted, but the Fairborn Police Department has launched an investigation. If Cyr is found to be responsible for the post, it would put him in violation of the department's social media policy, according to The Root.

"When we were made aware of a Facebook post that was linked to a Fairborn police officer, an internal-affairs complaint was initiated,” Fairborn Police Chief Terry Barlow reportedly acknowledged.

The police department (as usual) claims that they are taking the issue very seriously and looking into it very thoroughly.

“The department will be investigating further into the origin of the media post,” a statement released by Fairborn PD read. "The department takes these types of issues very seriously and will ensure that the professional standards of the department are upheld.”

According to The Root, Cyr is not the only one who posted celebratory comments regarding the 23-year-old’s death. Other comments reportedly said “One less to worry about” and “One down, many more to go.”

Regardless of whether or not Cyr is found to have violated department policies, his actions outside of the job undoubtedly translate into how he operates while in uniform.

If Cyr believes that the death of a young black American who worked to uplift his community and combat racial inequality is a “happy ending,” imagine how he probably treats suspects and detainees of color. 

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