Fairborn officer warned about social media posts

Published: Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 12:30 PM
Updated: Friday, February 12, 2016 @ 4:49 PM

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.

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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.