The Pittsburgh police have placed an officer on desk duty after he said in a Facebook post that he was celebrating the death of rapper Jimmy Wopo.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, police officer Brian M. Martin responded to a message from a fellow Pittsburgh citizen who asked why people weren't protesting the rapper's death while they filled the streets to speak out against another shooting. "Everyone forgot about the Wopo murder that quick?" they asked.
In response, Martin wrote, "Not me. I'm still celebrating."
"We will hold this officer accountable for his actions," the city wrote in an official statement, revealing that they had opened a full investigation into the situation. "Comments that disparage victims and endanger the community and fellow officers will not be tolerated by the City of Pittsburgh. Such behavior is a poor reflection on the Bureau and will not be tolerated."
Mayor Bill Peduto said Martin was sent home when the police staff became aware of his message. “It was a comment that not only created additional duress during this situation but also put his fellow officers in potential danger,” Peduto noted.
Jimmy Wopo's manager Taylor Maglin revealed on Tuesday that there will be a public funeral and multiple viewings this week for the fallen rapper, who was shot and killed on June 18. See details below.