A Ferguson officer is placed on unpaid leave after saying something controversial.
A spokesman for the Ferguson Police Department announced that officer Timothy Zoll is on unpaid leave after calling the makeshift memorial to slain black teenager Michael Brown a “pile of trash in the middle of the street” after it was destroyed.
Zoll told the Washington Post about the destruction of the memorial. He stated:”I don’t know that a crime has occurred.” “But a pile of trash in the middle of the street? The Washington Post is making a call over this?”
According to his superiors, Zoll denies making the statement and stated the following:”Upon being confronted with the results of the Ferguson Police Department’s investigation regarding the remarks that were attributed to the Public Information Officer, the officer admitted to Department investigators that he did in fact make the remarks attributed to him, and that he misled his superiors when asked about the contents of the interview.”
They went on to say “Zoll has been suspended immediately pending a disciplinary proceeding.”
Zoll has been with the department for 12 years and earns an annual salary of $50,960.