BREWER – An investigation is underway in Brewer, after police say someone pretending to be a city official posted racially insensitive comments on social media.
According to Brewer Public Safety Director Jason Moffitt, an individual claiming to be Deputy Mayor Thomas Morelli made racist comments related to the killing of George Floyd over the weekend on various Facebook accounts.
Floyd was killed while in police custody in Minnesota on Monday, May 25, an event that sparked national outrage. The former police officer seen on video pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck has since been arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.
Police said the comments were not made by the deputy mayor, who said he was “deeply shocked and saddened” to hear that his account and others had been hacked and used to make negative comments.
In a statement, Morelli said he was equally upset and concerned about the events that led to the protests, and that he fully supports the protesters “who are walking for peace and justice for George Floyd as well as many others in the African American community.”
Brewer police are now working with state and federal partners to investigate the incident and determine who is responsible.
Moffitt said further details would be released “when appropriate.”