Elgin cop on leave after Facebook comment on Ferguson case

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An Elgin police officer is on administrative leave for what he said about the Ferguson case on Facebook.

Last month, officer Jason Lentz posted a video link that Ferguson police said showed Michael Brown stealing from a store, before an officer shot and killed him.

Lentz commented that the officer did society a favor.

Officials say that, and other racial posts, violate the department’s social media guidelines.

They also say Lentz did not remove the post when he was ordered to.

“This is evidence of our officer’s intolerance for behavior inconsistent with departmental values,” said Elgin Police Deputy Chief Bill Wolf in a statement.

 

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29 comments

    • Southsider

      He can’t hide behind the 1st Amendment. To every action there’s consequences. He holds a position where he can violate everyone’s rights. So BIFF….so much for ” On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust.” or ” I will execute the duties of the office of …without prejudice, partiality, or favor. I’m free to say bomb on an airplane but if I’m stupid enough to do so then I deserve to spend the next 18 hours being questioned by the feds.

  • Nicki

    This is exactly the reason why we have situations like Ferguson. ..because you have idoits like him, that feel like they can play God, with other people’s lives. ..These police departments need to revamp the psychological exams they have in place…many of the people who they have hired, is not cut out to be a police officer.

  • cc

    Sorr jesus freak, but I agree with this officer. You must be blind to see that this kid was a trouble maker and animal! Maybe if he had followed the law and not robbed people, etc., this wouldn’t have happened. Cops are just doing their jobs getting criminals off the streets, he shouldn’t have attacked that officer.

    • lorraine

      When you consider ku Klux klan, nazis, skinheads, aryans, all the countless slave owners, priests who rape kids, all these folk are white so Hector does have a point and oh let’s not forget all the racists hate spewing bloggers-go ahead and keep spewing your hate and see where you’ll end up bloggers

  • Jim

    “This is evidence of our officer’s intolerance for behavior inconsistent with departmental values,” said Elgin Police Deputy Chief Bill Wolf in a statement.

    What, what?

  • natalie

    Guess we should just let the looting thugs take over the world and then pull the race card like always so they can be exempt from their wrong doings.

  • becca

    Everyone needs to just stop already. Playing the race card is only sowing more hatred. Black on black crime is running rampant in the streets of Chicago, and I’m sure alot of other places. We had a white Gary, Indiana policeofficer gunned down by an African American, but no one looted,no one marched,our president didn’t take the time to talk about it on tv, nor did the likes of Jesse Jackson,Al Sharpton, or Eric Holder show up to honor him. He was a father, a soon to be husband, and well loved in the community. He was doing his job trying to keep people safe. Really people; what is really going on here

  • cc

    Ok, but the officer should allow this kid to attack him?? He had injuries from being attacked. The kid was no angel like his family portrayed him to be.

  • cc

    Its always a race card right??? No its called stop acting like a damn animalistic thug and follow the law! How about the white unarmed kid that got killed by a black cop in Utah that same day?! Don’t hear about that though do ya. I don’t want to hear about this racist bs.

  • lorraine

    Officer Wilson had no injuries didn’t you idiots see the video of him walking around the body afterwards? He lied…wasn’t a scratch on him

  • Meloo

    @Dick even FPD say he was shot 6 times, the autopsy done by 3 different agencies show it so what y’all fanatics trying to say. Watch the news or do some research before running y’all mouth.

  • Decimo

    It really is hard to take someone with bad grammar serious. I have a “zero tolerance approach” to grammar mistakes that make people look stupid. Yes, language is constantly changing, but that doesn’t make grammar unimportant. Good grammar is credibility, especially on the internet. In blog posts, on Facebook statuses, in e-mails, and on company websites, your words are all you have. They are a projection of you in your physical absence. It should not take someone more than 20 years to learn how to write a proper sentence.

  • ZebraStripes

    I can’t take someone obsessed with grammar seriously. They use grammar as a means to deflect the fact that they don’t have a valid point in a discussion. They think they have insulted the other person, but in my book they only made themselves look bad.

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