A police officer in Sterling Heights, Michigan has been placed on unpaid leave after he posted a meme on Facebook that mocked the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.
Local news station WXYZ reports that the Sterling Heights officer posted a photo of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck along with the caption, "When you gotta change a tire but don't wanna get your trousers dirty."
Floyd's death last year sparked nationwide protests, as Black Lives Matter activists argued that it was a particularly visceral example of racist police brutality in the United States.
Sterling Heights police say that they immediately launched an internal investigation into the racist post after they were alerted to it by WXYZ and the city's chief of police said that the officer who posted the meme could face "serious discipline up to and including termination" depending on the results of the probe.
"If we're not policing our own guys, I don't blame any resident for not trusting a police officer when they get pulled over or arrested," Sterling Heights Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski explained. "As a police officer when you post something it carries tremendous weight."
Watch WXYZ's report below.