An Ohio cop resigned after he was caught posting “extremely inappropriate” content material on social media that advised he would shoot individuals, police mentioned.
The Canton police officer, recognized in stories as six-year veteran Andrew Russ, resigned previous to being terminated over the Instagram post he made late Tuesday, police introduced Wednesday.
“The officer’s conduct is unacceptable and never according to the requirements of the Canton Police Division,” Chief Jack Angelo mentioned in an announcement. “The Canton Police Division condemns all types of racism. Please don’t decide all officers by the actions of 1 former officer.”
Video posted to Twitter Tuesday confirmed a person recognized as Russ carrying tactical gear whereas holding a canned beverage as 50 Cent’s 2003 hit “Many Males” performs, full with lyrics on display screen.
“Many males want demise upon me, blood in my eye dawg and I can’t see, I’m tryin’ to be what I’m destined to be, and n—-s tryin’ to take my life away,” the post learn. “I put a gap in [a] n—- for f–king with me.”
The 15-second post additionally reveals Russ protruding his tongue whereas making a hand gesture and a center determine emoji.
The Instagram post got here amid six consecutive days of protests in Canton within the aftermath of George Floyd’s Memorial Day demise in police custody in Minneapolis, the Columbus Dispatch stories.
“I don’t even need to know a purpose why he did it,” Angelo instructed the newspaper. “It’s indefensible. In 31 years, I’ve by no means been so upset with a police officer as I used to be with him.”
After seeing Russ’ video, Angelo despatched a patrol supervisor to his house to get his gun, badge and different metropolis gear. He was positioned on suspension and a dedication listening to was set for Wednesday, Angelo mentioned.
Russ proceeded to skip the listening to and resign, the newspaper stories.
“He truly previously was a very good officer,” the chief continued. “I don’t know what his points had been. However his previous is irrelevant while you do one thing like this. In these circumstances, there was no various apart from for him to be terminated.”
The post was solely up for 5 to 10 minutes earlier than it was taken down, the Dispatch stories.
Russ, who couldn’t be reached for remark Thursday, obtained in contact with a police union president to rearrange his resignation previous to the listening to, a police spokesman instructed The Post.
“He communicated solely with the union president and so it principally went from what you noticed on the video to his resignation,” Lt. Dennis Inexperienced mentioned. “There was no dialogue in between.”
A message in search of remark from 50 Cent’s reps was not instantly returned Thursday.