SHIVELY, Ky. -- A Facebook post sends a Shively police officer on a two week unpaid vacation.
After an internal investigation, Shively Police handed down an eight day unpaid suspension to officer Morris Rinehardt for the posting on his personal Facebook page making light of the vehicular attack on a crowd of counter-protesters at the Charlottesville nationalists rally last month. The department says the suspension is equal to two full work weeks for Rinehardt. A release from the department says this was Rinehardt's first disciplinary infraction.
In a statement, the department says Rinehardt's actions are "in no way condoned and cannot be ignored" and the department and its employees are "expected to conduct themselves in a professional and unbiased manner at all times."
Based on the Shively Police Police and Procedures manual, Rinehart could have been suspended for anywhere from six to 14 days without pay for the incident.