N. Idaho prosecutor won't face discipline for Facebook post

Posted at 11:04 AM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 13:04:52-04

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A northern Idaho county prosecutor says a deputy prosecutor won't be punished for posting a comment on social media that suggested genocide would occur if police officers stopped patrolling black neighborhoods.

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh told the Coeur d'Alene Press that education on appropriate communication with the community is needed so that the community has confidence in their work.

Deputy Prosecutor Bryant Bushling made the post Sunday on Kootenai County Bailiff Todd Hartman's Facebook page.

Hartman had posted a meme that showed a picture of a white officer and text suggesting that if police wanted to kill black people they would stop patrolling black neighborhoods.

McHugh says Bushling is an ethical attorney, and that McHugh has never had to question his use of appropriate factors in making decisions.