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Idaho sheriff removes Facebook page after suspect's suicide

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MOSCOW, Idaho >> A northern Idaho sheriff says he has removed the agency's Facebook page following a wave of posts blaming the sheriff's office for the suicide of a 19-year-old Washington state man.

Latah county Sheriff Wayne Rausch tells the Moscow-Pullman Daily News that the page had 3,000 hits of what he calls filth and profanity.

The action follows the June 23 suicide of Andrew Cain of Pullman, Wash., after the sheriff's office on Facebook congratulated Cain for being the most wanted man for the month of June.

After Cain's death, his sister, Alise Smith, asked for an apology from a sheriff's deputy she says harassed her brother via Facebook.

Records obtained by the newspaper show Cain initiated contact with the sheriff's office. Rausch has apologized for the agency writing "Congratulations" concerning Cain's wanted status.







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Jerry_D wrote:
Amazing, this "politically correct" America into which we've evolved today. No more freedom of speech -- or at least, sarcasm not allowed -- and we get to blame institutions for the consequences of an individual's own choice and actions. This guy could have chosen to turn himself in and, therefore, no longer be a "most wanted." Instead, he chooses to kill himself, and the sheriff's office gets the blame. Utterly amazing, and totally disgusting.
on June 29,2013 | 09:30AM
honokai wrote:
I respectfully disagree. Law enforcement agencies belong to the public. They must maintain professionalism.
on June 29,2013 | 09:47AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
True on dat honokai. This is public cyber bullying at it's best. Yet Dr.Phil would chastise a teen ager doing the same thing. Sheriff should get off the computer and actually get in a car and look for criminals.
on June 29,2013 | 10:13AM
RichardCory wrote:
No one is saying free speech isn't allowed. The sheriffs were perfectly free to do what they did. But freedom doesn't come without consequences. They wanted to be a pack of punks and they got called out on it. That's how free speech works. Seems like you're the one who's crying over it.
on June 29,2013 | 10:59AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
I respectfully disagree too. A govt. Agency should not go on a Social Media and mockingly deride him Facebook is NOT an official bulletin board for that kind of announcement. It is irrelevant what choices he had. The issue is whether this Sheriff's did the right or wrong thing? While there is a Free Speech issue, there are protocols of where a Govt. Agency can use them. This was not one of them. Pity.
on June 29,2013 | 12:19PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Freedom of speech comes with responsibilities. If such speech causes hatred and goes beyond our right to live in dignity, then it has crossed the line between civil liberty and criminal behavior.
on June 29,2013 | 12:31PM
2NDC wrote:
More and more our Constitutional Rights are becoming eroded. Criminals who continue to offend need to be actively hunted and brought to justice. Very sad to see what has become of our nation and the powers that be. :-(
on June 29,2013 | 05:06PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I am appalled at this Sheriff's use of a website to "shame" those who he considers "low lives" but his action makes him a low life himself. I have never seen such despicable actions from a law enforcement officer in my life. It is amazing that he was actually allowed to run the "show" on his Facebook page. No one, not even law agencies, should stoop to the level of this sheriff. In doing so, he has brought upon sheriff's departments across the nation shame. Not on the people he claimed to be no good and having no rights whatsoever but on himself. His action amounts to harassment and bullying. His actions is unbecoming of a law enforcement officer and warrants his removal from all capacities as a law enforcement officer. Law enforcement officers are charged with upholding the law, not breaking the law or the rights to human dignity and the right to a fair trial. Yes, we want lawbreakers to pay for their actions. But when the actions of our law enforcement officers cross the line into criminal behavior we have a serious problem. I do hope that this sheriff steps down, or, if he refuses, he should be stripped of his authority as his decision making has been questionable at best.
on June 29,2013 | 12:27PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Waaaa! Sheriff Rausch didn't do this to him, Mr. Cain did. This is nothing but a prelude to a money grab orchestrated by this criminal's family. Let him rot.
on June 29,2013 | 12:58PM
st1d wrote:
on first reading it sounds like a gross abuse of police resources and harassment of andrew cain by the sheriff's office.

but, cain, a no show for probation violation, contacted the sheriff's office after his name was posted on the site as wanted.

there were several conversations between cain and deputy sheriff anderson and cain at one point told anderson that he liked his wanted poster. anderson told him to turn himself in and he could have a copy of it.

cain seems to have enjoyed the banter with the sheriff's office during his frequent calls.

cain suffered from depression so it's difficult to identify the reason he shot himself.

understandable how the sister felt the sheriff's office was the direct cause, but, cain fed a lot of demons in his short life. anyone of them could have turned on him.


on June 29,2013 | 04:20PM
brusselsprouts wrote:
I saw the Facebook and I don't agree with what they posted on their Facebook(er) page in regards to mugshots etc. Free speech does not apply when you are in uniform on the clock. Does the Sheriff Department have the Legal Right to post mugshots on-line on Facebook? Who owns the rights to those mugshots? Someone should tell the Sheriff he/she need to email Google and every other caching Internet crawler. It's not PC Jerry. Its the standards and morals that we bind our government and civil servants to. You disgusting piece of lard.
on June 30,2013 | 05:19AM
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