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Cop Zach Messmer Tells Critic to "Hang Urself," Gets Unique Punishment

A cop who told a critic to "hang urself" will be teaching other cops about the dangers of social media

A cop who told a critic to "hang urself" will be teaching other cops about the dangers of social media

For starters, Darryl Danielson would like an apology.

A few weeks ago Fargo police officer Zach Messmer told Danielson to "hang urself" on Facebook after Danielson criticized the University of North Dakota and Grand Forks Police Departments over how they handled the aftermath of a police shooting.

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Yesterday, after considering how to discipline Messmer for two weeks, Fargo police announced he will train new recruits on "the dangers of social media" as punishment.

It's part of a new program that allows officers to avoid letters of reprimand by participating in "education-based discipline."

"In this case Officer Messmer is going to have to do some research and put together a course so he can educate his peers on the dangers of social media and what can happen if we lose composure for a moment and send something like he did," says Fargo PD Lt. Mike Mitchell.

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Messmer majored in education and has worked as a teacher in the past, so he should be able to put together a decent lesson plan.

Danielson is still upset over Messmer's social media idiocy, and thinks the classes don't go far enough.

"This guy used to be a schoolteacher, so he should've known beforehand not to write what he wrote," he says. "I'd like to see some sort of suspension or at least an apology, but I've not heard one word from the guy."

Click to page two to read the letter Fargo PD sent to Danielson.

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