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Nashville Police Officer Fired After Facebook Post About Philando Castile Case

February 17, 2017 06:12 AM

A Nashville police officer who had been decommissioned last summer for a Facebook post referencing the Philando Castile shooting has been fired following an investigation, the department said Wednesday on its website. 

Anothony Venable had been assigned desk duty following the thread post, which read, "Yeah. I would have done five." The post apparently was a reference to the number of shots fired in the Castile case.

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In the wake of the July 7 post, Nashville police Chief Steve Anderson decommissioned Venable, and took his gun and badge.

In a letter to Venable following the Office of Professional Accountability investigation, Anderson wrote, "In fact, your declarations were so outrageous and inflammatory it was initially incomprehensible that any responsible law enforcement officer would make such a statement."

The full text of Anderson's letter to Venable can be found here.

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