Massachusetts State Police apologized Monday after they first accused an individual of fabricating evidence showing a distasteful bumper sticker on one of their police vehicles.
Chris Kantos, who was walking in Boston Sunday morning, came across an official police cruiser when he noticed a bumper sticker attached to it.
"Racial Profiling Saves Lives," the sticker read.
Kantos immediately snapped a picture of the cruiser and tweeted it to the Massachusetts State Police and Gov. Deval Patrick.
But, instead of immediately acknowledging that the sticker was on the vehicle, the official Twitter account of the Massachusetts State Police accused Kantos of fabricating the photo.
"Uknown to Tpr assigned cruiser, we checked immediately. No bumper sticker. #photoshopfail," the tweet said.
"Why on earth would I photoshop something like that?" Kantos asked on Twitter.
On Monday, after an investigation, the Massachusetts State Police conceded they were at fault.
"Sorry for any earlier confusion of authenticity," part of their message to Kantos said.
@chriskantos Tpr removed same as soon as he saw it, reported same to his supervisor. Sorry for any earlier confusion of authenticity. (2/2)— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice)August 25, 2014
Authorities said the sticker was immediately removed and blamed a vandal for placing it on a cruiser.
(H/T: Boston Magazine)
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