A Missouri police officer has been suspended for saying that protesters condemning the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer "should have been put down like a rabid dog," on Facebook.
According to Agence France Presse, Matthew Pappert wrote: "I'm sick of these protesters. You are a burden on society and a blight on the community. These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night."
The Glendale Police Department, in a statement, said it suspended Pappert upon learning about the posts on Friday.
It said: "The matter is being taken very seriously and a thorough internal investigation will be conducted to determine why the posts were made."
They added that Pappert's views were "absolutely" not shared by the Glendale police or city government.