A Facebook post shared by a St. Louis officer is being investigated by the local police department. The officer appeared to be bragging about the extra income he made while working during protests in Ferguson.
Officer Todd J Bakula, who goes by “TJ Thekoola” in his profile, posted about the relaxing weekend getaway he was enjoying courtesy of the extra money he’d earned responding to demonstrations for the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown‘s death. He wrote:
“I decided to spend my annual Michael Brown bonus on a nice relaxing bicycle ride trip to Defiance. Eating dinner now and staying at a bed and breakfast tonight. And here’s [sic] to my awesome wife for doing this with me while being 18 weeks pregnant.”
A St. Louis County police representative says the post is currently under investigation. According to the St. Louis Business Journal:
St. Louis County will spend more than $4 million on its response to the crisis in Ferguson that followed the police shooting death of Michael Brown, the municipality’s COO, Garry Earls, said in an interview Tuesday.
That amount, which was calculated as of Saturday, includes $2.5 million in overtime for police work.