The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Fire Department says it has launched an internal investigation after a firefighter joked on social media about Albuquerque police killing suspects.
KRQE-TV reports that Fire Chief David Downey said Monday the department is looking into a Facebook post by firefighter Kenneth Barncastle. According to the posting from a profile which since has been taking down, Barncastle said he’d quit the fire department to join Albuquerque police if they had a “criminal population reduction unit.”
Downey says the department has a social media policy and appropriate action will be taken after the investigation.The Albuquerque Police Department has faced heavily criticism for 37 police shootings since 2010.
Last month, a video showed police shooting a homeless man in the Sandia foothills, sparking an angry protest Sunday and drawing tear gas from riot police.