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Sheriff’s Office uploads celebrity’s photo with fake arrest record

A screenshot captures the fake mug shot and arrest record placed beside a photo of comedian Chris Rock on Thursday as part of a training exercise.
A screenshot captures the fake mug shot and arrest record placed beside a photo of comedian Chris Rock on Thursday as part of a training exercise. Keynoter

The mug shot was a phony, as was the arrest record that claimed a black man, 46, from Marathon was jailed Thursday over a probation violation.

Visitors to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office website, www.keysso.net, could have probably guessed the arrest of Smart Cop Test Mae — packaged with a photograph of comedy superstar Chris Rock —was make-believe.

But for a couple of hours Thursday, Rock’s photo appeared sandwiched between real people facing real criminal charges as a training exercise for a new civilian employee inadvertently was posted, the sheriff said.

“We don’t think it’s funny,” Sheriff Rick Ramsay said Friday. “We are trying to figure out what took place. I’m unhappy with anybody’s face being put up. We should be using Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck.”

Ramsay said he learned about the public posting once it had been taken down Thursday. No person’s picture should ever appear with a phony arrest record online, Ramsay said, adding his office is looking into what happened.

The training exercise also briefly showed up on the Sheriff’s Office inmate release page, showing Test Mae was released on his own recognizance.

Ramsay said nothing indicates the photo was deliberately put up to mock black men as criminal suspects.

“Race is not a factor with me and it’s not a factor, in my opinion, in this situation,” Ramsay said. “At this point in time we have no reason to believe it was racially motivated.”

Gwen Filosa: @KeyWestGwen

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