Kansas police officer fired for threatening Dallas woman on Facebook

A Kansas police officer was fired Sunday after he threatened a Texas woman and her 5-year-old daughter on Facebook, authorities said.

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Lanaydra Williams of Dallas told WDAF that she received a Facebook notification Thursday night about a set of photos she posted to the social media site in 2014. The notification said someone whom Williams didn't know had commented on pictures of her daughter, India.

"We'll see how much her life matters soon. Better be careful leaving your info open where she can be found. Hold her close tonight. It’ll be the last time," the comment said. 

The comment was posted hours after violence erupted in Dallas and five officers were killed.

Williams said she was shocked and horrified. She clicked on the commenter's account to view his profile.

"I saw that he was a cop and I was like, 'This is outrageous. This is not acceptable at all," she said.

"For this guy to just come out of nowhere, just being disrespectful, how can you be an officer? How, how?" Williams asked. "That's unacceptable for a police officer -- for anyone, but especially for a police officer." 

Williams saw on the officer's Facebook profile that he worked for the Overland Park Police Department in Kansas. She had never heard of the area, but she contacted the department.

"I immediately initiated an investigation into the officer’s actions and requested it be completed in a timely manner," Overland Park Police Chief Francis Donchez Jr. said.

According to KDAF, the officer, Rodney Lee Wilson, was fired on Friday.

"I want to publicly apologize to those affected by our officer's personal actions," Donchez said in a statement. "It was obvious that our officer did not meet the standards of professionalism.

"His actions do not represent the Overland Park Police Department in any way and no one should be subjected to any type of discrimination or this kind of behavior. I want to assure our community, and those outside our community, that our highest priority is the safety and welfare of the citizens of Overland Park, and the men and women who protect everyone. I will continue to hold the employees of the Overland Park Police Department accountable for (their) actions on and off duty."

It's unclear how Wilson found Williams' profile, but WDAF reported that Williams' account featured a picture that suggested violence toward police officers. 

This morning, the Overland Park Police Department received notification about a Facebook post, reportedly made by one of...

Posted by Overland Park Police Department on Friday, July 8, 2016

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