Controversy follows after photo of officers posing with captured fugitive released
Controversy follows after photo of officers posing with captured fugitive released

The capture of  Mississippi fugitive Eric Boykin in Prentiss, Mississippi, on Tuesday was the source of some controversy after a photo of of captured man was posted to social media.

The smiling fugitive posed with lawmen and tracking dogs after he was taken into custody,  and the photo has since gotten multiple police officials in trouble. 

Boykin was hunted by the law on Tuesday for allegedly holding up a Hancock Bank in the town of Prentiss, and was surprisingly high-spirited following his capture. 

Unfortunately,  the current era’s politics, anti-police sentiment, and racial tensions created the perfect storm after a photo of officers posing with Boykin circulated on social media, causing massive backlash for the Prentiss Police.

PPD Investigator Richard Browning told British tabloid Daily Mail that the officers were not part of his department, but were likely from Louisiana’s state prison system that came over the border to assist. 

Browning claimed he didn’t know about the photo until people began inquiring, and felt it was poor optics.

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