Fairborn officer warned about social media posts

Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 9:43 AM
Published: Friday, February 12, 2016 @ 4:49 PM
By: Breaking News Team

A supervisor last year warned a Fairborn police officer about “social media behavior” after he posted a comment on Facebook. Now, that same officer was placed on leave for similar conduct.

  • Fairborn Police Officer Lee Cyr suspended for alleged Facebook comment
  • The alleged comment was about a Black Lives Matter activist who took his own life
  • Cyr was off duty when he posted the comment
  • The department launched an internal affairs investigation
  • Cyr previously been warned about “social media behavior,” his file shows

UPDATE @ 4:24 p.m. (Feb. 12)

Lee Cyr is the Fairborn police officer now on administrative leave because of a post he apparently made on Facebook about a Black Lives Matter activist who died by suicide.

Cyr was told by Sgt. Rod Myers said in a May 29 letter: “We have discussed the use of social media, and I have encouraged you to better familiarize yourself with the aforementioned General Order regarding Social Media and model your social media behavior to be consistent with that order.”

Myers’ letter to Cyr came in response to a call about a post on the Giovanni’s Facebook page to the Fairborn city manager.

“The thread started by the local restaurant asked, ‘What are your favorite things to do or places in Fairborn?’ ” Myers wrote.

“You replied with the comment, ‘Leave.’”

Cyr is on leave while the department investigates whether he posted the comment “Love a happy ending” on the Ohio Politics Facebook page two days after Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel killed himself on the front steps of the Ohio Statehouse.

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m. (Feb. 11)

Fairborn police officer Lee Cyr will be placed on paid administrative leave for a Facebook comment he allegedly posted on a story about a Black Lives Matter activist who committed suicide, according the police chief.

The comment, “Love a happy ending,” was posted on the Ohio Politics Facebook page two days after MarShawn McCarrel killed himself on the front steps of the Ohio Statehouse on Monday.

Cyr, who also served as a West Carrollton Schools Board of Education member for about four years before moving out of the district in 2013, was off duty when the comment was posted, according to police. However, if the investigation determines Cyr is responsible for the post, he will have violated the police department’s social media policy.

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

The comment has been removed from the Facebook page. It was one of several on the Facebook post about McCarrel’s death that applauded the 23-year-activist’s suicide. The comments included remarks such as, “One less to worry about,” “One down, many more to go,” and “Good one down.”

Fairborn officers are not allowed to post to social media while on duty.

First report (Feb. 11)

Fairborn police officer Lee Cyr has been placed on administrative leave for a comment he allegedly made on Facebook about the death of Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel.

The comment read, “Love a happy ending.”

McCarrel killed himself on the front steps of the Ohio Statehouse just before 6 p.m. Monday.

According to a press release issued today, the Fairborn Police Department was made aware of a social media post that was linked to Cyr.

“An internal affairs complaint was initiated and the department will be investigating further into the origin of the media post,” the release said. “The department takes these types of issues very seriously and will ensure that the professional standards of the department are upheld.”

The department said it will not comment any further, due to the ongoing investigation.

In 2014, Cyr made $75,611 in gross pay as an officer for the city of Fairborn, according to our I-team payroll project.

Dashcam and body camera footage released in shooting of Keith Scott

Updated: Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 2:07 AM
Published: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 7:28 PM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Dashcam and body camera footage released in shooting of Keith Scott
(Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released the dashcam and the body camera video of the encounter in which an officer fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott.

A file sent to the media Saturday also includes pictures of a handgun and marijuana that police say Scott possessed.

Body camera footage (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO) 

Dashcam footage (WARNING:GRAPHIC VIDEO) 

The footage shows black man exiting an SUV and walking backward as he's shot at four times by Charlotte police, the Associated Press reported.


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Suspect in Washington state mall shooting arrested

Updated: Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 3:02 AM
Published: Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 2:54 AM
By: KIRO7 – Seattle

            Suspect in Washington state mall shooting arrested

The suspect in a shooting at a Washington state mall that left five dead is in custody, authorities said Saturday.

Arcan Cetin, 20, of Oak Harbor, was found and taken into custody about 6:30 p.m. Saturday in connection with a deadly shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington on Friday night, police said. Authorities say the motive for the shooting, which left four females and one male dead, is unknown.

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Washington State Patrol public information officer Sgt. Mark Francis tweeted an image of Cetin.

Law enforcement staged a massive search over more than 20 hours for the suspect, initially described by witnesses as a young Hispanic male wearing black. Cetin wrote on his Facebook page that he is from Turkey.

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Authorities had said that a rifle had been found at the scene.

The motive was unknown for the shooting about 60 miles north of Seattle. The FBI was assisting local authorities, but it said there was no evidence to point to terrorism

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Washington mall shooting: What we know now

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 10:44 PM
Published: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 11:37 AM

            Washington mall shooting: What we know now

Five people are dead after a man with a rifle opened fire Friday night at Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington.

The shootings occurred in the makeup department at a Macy's in the mall at approximately 7 p.m. PT, Washington State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis said. 

The suspect is still at large. Francis said authorities are looking for a Hispanic man wearing a black T-shirt, who was last seen walking west toward Interstate 5 from Cascade Mall. The shooter was armed with a "long gun," Francis said, " a hunting-type rifle." 

Burlington is located approximately 65 miles north of Seattle.

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According to troopers, the shooter left the scene before police arrived.

The names of the dead were not immediately released.

Tari Caswell told the Skagit Valley Herald that she was in the Macy’s women’s dressing room when she heard “what sounded like four balloons popping, and I thought that was strange because I hadn’t seen any balloons.”

“Then I heard seven or eight more, and I just stayed quiet in the dressing room because it just didn’t feel right. And it got very quiet. And then I heard a lady yelling for help, and a man came and got me and another lady, and we ran out of the store.”

Stephanie Bose, an assistant general manager at Johnny Carino's Italian restaurant near the Macy's, told The Associated Press that she immediately locked the doors to the restaurant after hearing about the shooting from an employee's boyfriend.

"He was trying to go to the mall and people were screaming," she said. "It was frantic."

She said he could see police at the doors with assault rifles and said they were no longer guarding the doors as of 9:30 p.m.

Brandi Montreuil told CNN she was at the movies when attendants told them to leave. "I didn't know anything," she said. "The theater attendant came in and apologized for stopping the movie and said they (theater staff) were asked to have everyone leave immediately."

Doc Barron, who had been teaching a boxing class at the mall, told the Skagit Valley Herald that he heard a commotion outside and a bunch of people yelling and screaming for help.

“Someone ran by and said, ‘There’s an active shooter in the mall,’ and told us to lock our gate,” said Barron, who was able to get out of the mall and was interviewed in the parking lot.

The Cascade Mall is an enclosed shopping mall that opened in 1990, according to the mall's website. In addition to Macy's and the theater, it features J.C. Penney, TJ Maxx, and several restaurants. On its Twitter account, mall officials said the facility would be closed on Saturday "out of respect" for the victims and their families.

D.C. Comics, IDW to memorialize Pulse tragedy in graphic novel, ‘love letter to LGBTQ' community

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 10:34 PM
Published: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 9:33 PM

            D.C. Comics, IDW to memorialize Pulse tragedy in graphic novel, ‘love letter to LGBTQ' community
Getty file photo (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) (David McNew)

D.C. Entertainment, IDW Publishing and more than 200 writers and artists have teamed up to pen “Love is Love,” a graphic novel being published in memory of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The anthology graphic novel was curated by D.C. Comics writer Marc Andreyko and all proceeds will be donated to Equality Florida, IDW announced this week.

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The 144-page project will include iconic D.C. characters.

“When tragedy happens, art responds,” Andreyko said. “And after the Pulse massacre, the comics community responded quickly, decisively and with open hearts.

“The talent and emotion on every page is staggering. ‘Love is Love,’ mourns the 49 lost, honors the survivors and celebrates love in all forms.”

IDW Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall said signing on to the project was a no-brainer.

“When Marc brought this project to me, there was no hesitation about us getting involved,” he said. “To echo Marc’s sentiments, we are proud of the hard work and talent that has gone into this project and to be involved in any way to support the survivors and their families in the face of tragedy.”

Group Editor James Rich, group editor of D.C.’s Vertigo imprint, was shocked by the emotion of the writers and artists who have contributed to the project.

“As an editor on the book, I continue to be moved every day by the expressions of hope and love the contributors have put forth, and can only image the profound impact the book will have on readers, as well,” he said.

“Love is Love,” will be released in December.

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