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Racist post wrongly linked to State Troopers

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 14:27:27-04

Louisiana State Police have issued a release after a social media post circulated, linking troopers to racially offensive statements.

This weekend, KATC received screenshots of a post linking these comments to two Louisiana State Troopers. We have learned that the poster is not related to any troopers.

The post shows a comment by a man using the n-word and making racist, derogatory and violent comments; he also claims that his brother and father are state troopers and alleges that they agree with his views. The poster did not mention in what state.

In screenshots shared with KATC, a user linked the man to a father and son who serve in Louisiana State Police and shared the post with photos of those troopers.

We reached out to State Police, and they tell us they investigated, and found that the man's last name is not the same as that on his Facebook profile, that he lives on the East Coast and that he's not related to anyone serving in Louisiana State Police.

Here's the LSP full release:

Last week, Louisiana State Police began receiving numerous messages in reference to a derogatory social media post by an individual representing himself as a relative of current state troopers. While the post did not directly mention Louisiana, other social media users falsely linked the post to Troopers with the Louisiana State Police.

Upon receiving this information, Louisiana State Police immediately notified investigators. Shortly thereafter, investigators determined that the post was made by a subject utilizing an alias user name. The subject making the post does not reside in Louisiana and is not related to anyone employed with the Louisiana State Police.

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