In the wake of the Snapchat photo, Memphis police director Mike Rallings (left) immediately had the officers suspended. "The image is disgusting and will not be tolerated," Rallings stated at a press conference.
Fox 13 in Memphis said that the MPD has a social media policy that the two officers likely violated. The policy states, "employees must avoid any conduct which could compromise the integrity of the Department. This includes conduct related to materials posted on personal websites, social media, twitter (sic), Facebook ... etc." Fox 13 was told that the officer who first posted the Snapchat could be fired.
Meanwhile, in Nashville, another officer was decommissioned for a post he made on social media. In a conversation on Facebook about the shooting of Castile, Officer Anthony Venable commented, "Yeah, I would have done 5," referring to the number of times Castile was shot.
Venable claimed he was attempting to be sarcastic. However, Police Chief Steve Anderson took immediate action. "What he said does not in any way represent the men and women of this police department," he stated. "It was a disservice to the city of Nashville, it was a disservice to this police department. It was a disservice to every individual officer out on the street. It's something that can't be tolerated."