A Kansas police officer lost his job this past Sunday after spending his time on Facebook threatening a five-year-old daughter of a black Dallas woman.
LaNaydra Williams returned to her Facebook Thursday night after receiving a notification about a picture posted in 2014. The photo was of her toddler daughter India, and the comment read: "We'll see how much her life matters soon. better be careful leaving your info open where she can be found :) hold her close tonight, it'll be the last time."
Obviously, this frightened Williams, who then reported it to the police after realizing the mysterious man in question was a police officer himself. After the killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, police protests in Dallas ended with the violent killing of five police officers and the wounding of 12 - so you can imagine that tensions were already high.
"For this guy to just come out of nowhere, just being disrespectful, how can you be an officer? How, how?" she asked her local station. "That's unacceptable for a police officer — for anyone, but especially for a police officer." Williams says that she doesn't know anyone from Kansas, and has no idea how or why she and her daughter became his target.
The officer's name has not been released publicly (go figure), but his department - the Overland Park Police - released a statement via their Chief, Francis Donchez Jr. He stated that "it was obvious that our officer did not meet the standards of professionalism... His actions do not represent the Overland Park Police Department in anyway and no one should be subjected to any type of discrimination or this kind of behavior." Investigators also confirmed that the officer had been terminated immediately.
As for the the little girl, Williams says she doesn't plan to tell her too much about the ordeal: “She doesn't know anything about this messed up world,” she said. “Maybe I'll just say he was one bad cop. Not all of them are like that. I don't think she'll think they're all like that either way. She loves police.”
A criminal investigation is currently underway.