NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A North Miami Beach Police officer is under investigation for allegedly making troubling claims about survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
On Facebook, North Miami Beach Police Officer Ericson Harrell posted a picture of the Time Magazine cover featuring Stoneman Douglas students who have led a call for change in the wake of the Feb. 14 massacre, calling the students “paid actors.”
Harrell also posted on social media on March 27, “3,000 students at Stoneman Douglas school and the five faces speaking out against ‘gun violence’ are from the school MEDIA class.”
Two days later, he posted, “What proof do you have? What evidence do you have, that anyone was killed other than #MSM accounts, alleged witnesses and a couple of funeral processions? #StonemanDouglas #SandyHook”
7News went to Harrell’s house for a comment, but got no answer at the door.
The North Miami Beach Police Department released a statement via Twitter, saying Harrell has been placed on administrative duty with pay pending an internal review.
As it turns out, Harrell attended police academy with the father of Cameron Kasky, one of these student activists.
He tweeted a response to Harrell’s posts.
This is not the first time these students have been targeted with conspiracy theories. In the days after the shooting, internet users claimed to have proof that David Hogg was a “crisis actor.”
Hogg has made light of those claims in several TV interviews.
Meanwhile, Stoneman Douglas student Jaclyn Corin, who helped spearhead the March For Our Lives event in Washington, D.C. on March 24, took to Twitter on Saturday to address the law enforcer.