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Minneapolis officer's Facebook posts called racist, insensitive

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Millions of posts hit social media sites each day, but a few from a Minneapolis police officer are getting a lot of attention after he wrote: "3 murders in 3 days and it's not even warm yet. This could be a busy year finally."

Joseph Ming Klimmek was became a licensed police officer in January 2009, according to the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training -- but the 5-year veteran's Facebook activity has a few metro mothers wondering if he's fit for the post.

"Racism and glorifying murders is not the thing that I want my kids to look up to," Alicia Lucio admitted.

Lucio told Fox 9 News Klimmek, a 1st-precinct officer with the Minneapolis Police Department, shared some eyebrow-raising comments under his online alias, Joseph Klimax. One came when he posted a link to a Fox 9 News story about weekend murders and added: "3 murders in 3 days and it's not even warm yet? This could be a busy year finally."

When Lucio commented that it seemed like Klimmek might be praising the murder rate, he simply responded, "The last few years were slow."

"The last few years have not been 'slow,'" she insisted. "I have, unfortunately, attended many funerals myself. To see them feel as though they need more to do when there's plenty of things they could be doing is really disconcerting."

Another mother who wishes to remain anonymous told Fox 9 News she was also concerned after seeing some of Klimmek's posts.

"It's not the kind of field where you would hope for a busy time," she said.

Neil Melton, of the POST Board, told Fox 9 News that Klimmek's posts do not violate licensing standards; however, he said it does beg the question.

"If you're perceived as a representative of the city, you'd think you'd hold yourself to a higher standard," Melton said.

Melton encourages department heads to ask themselves whether Klimmek has a history of posting things that are not thought out well, and Lucio insists he does. In fact, she says other memes Klimmek recently posted have racist undertones -- including the one seen below.

"Those are posted on a regular basis. It's extremely insensitive," she said.

In fact, Lucio added that she felt he even took personal jabs at her Mexican heritage with a photo of a man wearing an American flag T-shirt captioned as a "new Cinco de Mayo shirt."

"It's a white supremacist kind of mentality -- and again, I spent a lot of time with that family growing up and I was always welcomed by the family," she said. "So, it really kind of disappoints me to see that he's really choosing to support the white American way. What about just the American way?"

The executive director of the POST Board adds that the case should encourage the Minneapolis Police Department to implement social media policies everyone on the force can abide by. Meanwhile, representatives with the department released the following statement late Tuesday night:

"The Minneapolis Police Department is opening an internal inquiry in regards to the single Facebook post you have inquired about to see if there is any legitimacy to the alleged post. The alleged post provided to MPD is certainly not in line with our core values."

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