Controversy over officer’s Facebook post on “Michael Brown bonus”

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CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – A controversy over a Facebook post made by a St. Louis County police officer will be investigated after being brought to light by The Guardian. Critics say the officer was boasting about benefiting from the recent protests in Ferguson.

On the other side, police supporters complain the media is overreacting by mentioning the Facebook post.

County patrolman Todd Bakula wrote on his Facebook page "I decided to spend my annual Michael Brown bonus on a nice relaxing bicycle ride trip to Defiance. Eating dinner now and staying at the bed and breakfast tonight. And here's to my awesome wife for doing this with me."  The leader of a pro police organization called Support Our Law Enforcement Office group complained that media like FOX2 news had posted the story on websites. Trish Dennison a leader of the group said "My thinking is that this is not a story. That there is more behind that pushing that and there's an agenda when it comes to the media and that's to keep Michael Brown stories to the forefront because they think that's what sells."  She added she believes most of the media has shown "a bias against the police "during the coverage of the Ferguson protest.  A St. Louis County police spokesman said Saturday the matter will be investigated.  He noted the department understands the post was "controversial.”

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