Two MPD officers off the job following disturbing social media post

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2 Police Officers Fired After Discovery of Disturbing Social Media Post

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) -- Two MPD officers have been relieved of duty with pay after a shocking image appeared on social media.

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"The image is disgusting and will not be tolerated," said Interim Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings.

"I was dismayed by it. The fact it could possibly be a Memphis Police Officer just blew me away," he added. "We are certainly responsible for the decisions we make, and we are held to a higher standard."

The picture showed a gun aimed at an emoji of an African American child.

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The department, Rallings said, immediately relieved the two officers from duty.

WREG discovered the image Thursday night after an officer shared the photo on his personal page with the caption "So I came across this on my Snapchat from a fellow officer...I don't know how to take it?"

The picture was sent through Snapchat, a type of social media where pictures and videos are deleted after a certain amount of time, but followers can screen shot any post.

Rallings said he's conducting a thorough investigation.

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