Officer who called Mike Brown memorial ‘trash’ placed on unpaid leave
A Ferguson, Missouri police officer who referred to a memorial for Mike Brown as “a pile of trash” has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident.
Timothy Zoll, the Ferguson police public information officer, told the Washington Post that he wasn’t sure the destruction of the memorial on Christmas night amounted to a crime.
“I don’t know that a crime has occurred,” Zoll said, according to the paper. “But a pile of trash in the middle of the street? The Washington Post is making a call over this?”
When asked about the remarks, Zoll told KMOX-TV that the Post had misquoted him.
Initially, Zoll denied the comments, but soon admitted to making the statements after being confronted with the results of the Ferguson Police Department’s investigation regarding the remarks. Zoll has been with the department for 12 years. He earns a salary of $50,960 annually.
Meanwhile, residents have rebuilt the memorial on Canfield Drive near the site where Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in August.
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