The spokesman for the Ferguson, Mo., police department has been placed on unpaid leave after calling the makeshift memorial to slain black teenager Michael Brown a “pile of trash in the middle of the street” after it was destroyed.
Timothy Zoll, the Ferguson police public information officer, told the Washington Post that he wasn’t sure the destruction of the memorial on Christmas night amounted to a crime.
“I don’t know that a crime has occurred,” Zoll said, according to the paper. “But a pile of trash in the middle of the street? The Washington Post is making a call over this?”
When asked about the remarks, Zoll told KMOX-TV that the Post had misquoted him.