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Officer being investigated after Facebook comment praising Tulsa shooting

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A screenshot of Officer Donald Ebert's Facebook posting. (KCTV5) A screenshot of Officer Donald Ebert's Facebook posting. (KCTV5)

A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for possible misconduct after a social media comment he made received backlash.

Officer Donald Ebert made his comments on Facebook, where people often post their personal feelings. On Friday, those in the city were reacting to what he said.

By now, most people have seen the video of Tulsa police officer shooting an unarmed black man. And many have formed an opinion, one way or another.

That includes Officer Ebert, who posted this on Facebook in the aftermath of the shooting: "Should have dropped the entitlement card and listened the first time. Good shoot."

The Ida B. Wells coalition against racism and police brutality in Kansas City has called for his dismissal from the force, saying, “In particular it tells an African American that black lives do not matter to Mr. Ebert, and we should not trust his judgment when having to deal with those in the black community or any community of color."

Others, like Aaron Madison from KC, saw the posting. "If your perspective is seeing black people in a negative light, or minorities in a negative light, then guess what?” said Madison. “You're going to make blatant statements that make no sense, you know, and you're regretting them. And I'm sure he's regretting that statement right now, after the fact."

Mindy Inlow, also from KC, said: “Once it's out there, you can't take it back. Regardless if it was meant to really be true, his opinion, or just a 'oh, I'm being funny' situation, you have to think twice about what you say. Period."

Aaron Handley’s concerns are for the ones he says are the good cops in the department.

"You go off of what he said, then you got an automatic problem with the cops, you know what I mean?” said Handley. “And it shouldn't be like that. You shouldn't have a cop out there perpetuating what may be damaging to other police officers, in the end. It just doesn't make sense, to me."

There's no word on how long the investigation into Officer Ebert's posting will take. Citizens just want to make sure it’s thorough.

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