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MBTA Police Officer Sees Backlash After Posting Photo on Social Media

MBTA Police Officer Ashley Carlson was put on paid administrative leave on Monday

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    MBTA Police Officer Ashley Carlson was put on paid administrative leave on Monday (Published Monday, June 27, 2016)

    An MBTA police officer is under investigation for allegedly posting a humiliating photo showing a man in a vulnerable position, going to the bathroom on himself, on social media.

    The post was recently removed from Officer Ashley Carlson's Facebook page. She was put on paid administrative leave Monday morning pending the outcome of the investigation.

    The description above a photo showing a man curled up on the ground near a wheelchair, relieving himself is also garnering criticism.

    "You think your job is s---, this is what we responded to this morning. This guy is well known to police and has a lengthy record. I don't get paid enough to deal with this s--- ... literally and figuratively!!!" the post reads.

    Necn could not reach Carlson for comment, but Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan says a concerned citizen brought it to their attention on Saturday, and the post is now under investigation.

    Sullivan says this clearly violates the department's social media policy.

    "Our officers are prohibited from posting things that would bring discredit to themselves or the police department," he said.

    Police would not tell necn where the photo was taken because of the ongoing investigation, but T riders say if this was posted by Officer Carlson, it's unprofessional.

    MBTA police would not provide more information about the man in the photo or talk about Officer Carlson's record with the department.

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