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CSPD investigating Facebook post allegedly made by officer

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Posted at 6:16 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 20:16:59-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — News5 has confirmed an investigation is underway within the Colorado Springs Police Department over an alleged Facebook post from one of its officers.

The department tells us an officer is accused of posting, while on vacation, the comment "Kill them all" under a stream of protesters blocking I-25 in June.

The post was made under a false name, "Steven Eric."

CSPD's Internal Affairs investigation will focus on whether or not an employee posted the comments, and if it is the person who was identified.

They are not providing the name of the accused officer at this time, and say that officer has been on vacation for two weeks.

They are expected to return next week and will be interviewed at that time.

CSPD also cannot say what disciplinary action could be taken if the accusation is found to be true. The department uses a progressive disciplinary scale, meaning discipline will be harsher if the officer has past offenses than if it is their first complaint.

CSPD also could not give a set date of when more answers could be released, saying the investigation could take time.

The department said they expect all officers to uphold the department's beliefs and values, including respect for all citizens, and that this post does not uphold them.