A 35-year-old Tongan Police officer was suspended in what Police described as “alleged misconduct on Social Media”.
Tonga Police Commissioner Steve Caldwell has confirmed this in a statement this afternoon.
“As the matter is now a criminal investigation it is not appropriate to offer any further comment at this time”, the statement said.
Last month CNN reported a white police officer in Ohio has been fired after he posted a comment on Facebook calling the suicide of a Black Lives Matter activist “a happy ending.”
A Police officer in Michigan was also fired in March over a Facebook post but his lawyer argued that “this is a matter of free speech – plain and simple”.
He said “his client and his Facebook post are protected by the” law.