This is part of the problem.
On Thursday, a Memphis police officer shared a sickening Snapchat (above), pointing a gun at an emoji of an African American man running.
The hand holding the weapon in the photo was white.
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The disturbing display was posted in the wake of two police shootings that killed Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and on the same night that five cops were killed by a sniper in Dallas.
Another officer on the force also shared the snap on Twitter.
We are absolutely horrified that there are people who would actually post something so offensive, especially following these terrible tragedies.
We are even more disgusted that the awful image was shared by the very people who have been enlisted to protect and serve this country's civilians.
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Both cops have been placed on paid suspension while they await a hearing over the incident.
The MPD isn't commenting on the motive for the controversial snap, but Interim Director Mike Rallings was outraged by the picture, saying:
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