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DALLAS — A Dallas police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after bragging on Facebook that she cut a hospital worker's face by throwing a boot at him during a dispute, one of several inflammatory posts by the six-year veteran.
Sr. Cpl. Cat Lafitte is under investigation over the incident and whether she violated department policy on social networking, Dallas police spokesman Lt. C.L. Williams said Friday.
Williams said the probe could include other Facebook posts by Lafitte. The Dallas Morning News reported that Lafitte posted a picture of a small black boy surrounded by officers with the comment, "Quick . . . sprinkle some crack on him!" That item had apparently been removed Friday.
The 32-year-old officer also has posts disparaging homeless people, including a description of herself as an "Official Bum Roller," a police term for dealing with the homeless.
Lafitte didn't return a phone call from The Associated Press on Friday.
Five days after the Feb. 9 incident at a hospital in suburban Plano, Lafitte posted that an employee "wanted to tackle me because I was cussin out my Lieutenant on the phone."
"I threw my boot at him, Jerry Springer style, and nailed him in the face," Lafitte wrote. "It broke his glasses and cut his face and bruised it up real good."
She posted a picture of a small black boy surrounded by officers with the comment, "Quick .sprinkle some crack on him!
Here’s a sample pulled directly from her Facebook page: “ I got a call last year to Buzz Brew on 75. This dumb ass wouldn’t leave. I tried to keep it as clean and quiet as possible, but he refused me too. Wrong answer, right? So I had to open the door WITH HIS FACE!.”
“The highlight of last week was whoopin a male orderly’s ass in the Plano E.R. because the fool thought it would be a good idea to tackle me. He wanted to tackle me because I was cussin out my Lieutenant on the phone.”
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