A screen shot of the post provided by a FOX19 NOW source.
A 2001 photo of Cincinnati Police officer Freddie Vincent. (Courtesy of Cincinnati Enquirer)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -
A Cincinnati police officer who wrote a Facebook post referencing white officers “looking for a reason to kill a black man” is off the streets - for now.
Freddie Vincent was ordered last month to receive counseling, the lowest form of discipline, according to our media partners at The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Vincent has also been moved into a new job in the telephone crime reporting unit.
Documents obtained by The Enquirer show Vincent violated the department's social media rules, which prohibits "speech involving themselves or other department personnel reflecting behavior that would reasonably be considered reckless or irresponsible."
Vincent's Facebook post in July was first reported by FOX19 NOW after the high-profile police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
It started with a message to "all my Afro America friends and family" about interacting with white police officers.
"I'm so tired of cops using these famous words "I was in fear of my life". I'm praying for Louisiana," the post read.
The entire post reads:
“Yep it has made world wide news now… A message to all my Afro America friends and family. When you are encountered by a white officer make sure that you are in a public place ,and comply to all of their commands,because they are looking for a reason to kill a black man. And always keep your hands in the air,and never resist. I’m so tired of cops using these famous words “I was in fear of my life”. I’m praying for Louisiana that could have been my nephew in B.R.”
Enquirer’s Sharon Coolidge and Mark Curnutte reported this story.