MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Miami police officer has been relieved with pay for a Facebook post on his personal page talking about an 8-year-old’s killer.
“Apparently y’all know what happened to my cousin Jada Page. She was murdered.”
It was a passionate Facebook video post from a cousin of 8-year-old Jada Page who was shot and killed last month.
“I know somebody knows something man. I know somebody know something. At the same time we want justice for Jada.”
The family is desperate to find the little girl’s killer, and they’ve been vocal about their plea for someone to come forward.
But a particular post not only got a lot of attention, it may have also gotten a Miami cop in trouble.
Andrew Mesa – a 10-year veteran with the Miami Police Department – decided to share the post on his private Facebook page.
“Share this post. Post up whatever you got to do. If you want to donate money to the Crime Stoppers, talk.”
Officer Mesa shared the video, along with some angry commentary towards communities that speak out about police use of deadly force.
Referring to Jada’s killer, he says in part, “What will happen if deadly force is the only option? Will they say their hands were up? Then come burn our city down? Will the lucky cop lose his job and get blasted on the media as a killer and face murder charges?”
He ends his post using the hashtag, #GoGetTheKillersYourSelves.
Miami police told CBS4 that Mesa is “home, relieved of pay,” while an investigation is being conducted.
They would not say why he’s being investigated.
The Miami Fraternal Order of Police is representing Mesa.
In a statement they said, “Law enforcement officers are frustrated with communities that stay tight lipped and won’t turn in individuals that murder innocent children like little Jada.”