St. Louis Policeman Under Investigation for Gloating About ‘Michael Brown Bonus’

A report has emerged from The Guardian that St. Louis police are investigating one of their officer’s behavior after he bragged about his “Michael Brown bonus” after his patrol of the renewed unrest.

Officer Todd “TJ” Bakula posted a showoff-ish message on Facebook about how the anniversary protests throughout the city gave him the chance to earn some overtime. “I decided to spend my annual Michael Brown bonus on a nice relaxing bicycle ride trip to Defiance,” the post read. “Eating dinner now and staying at a bed and breakfast tonight.”

Just for the record, Defiance, Missouri is an actual place. It doesn’t make things especially better, but, there you go.

Media relations officer Shawn McGuire told The Guardian that the post did come from Bakula’s profile, that he works as a patrolman for their department, and that an inquiry would be launched.

“We understand the post is controversial,” McGuire wrote. “The St Louis County police department takes these allegations very serious in every case. The remarks on the Facebook page will be investigated by our department.”

You can see a screenshot of the post here:

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