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Enlarge / Tommy McClain, left, poses with two other officers in a photo that has since been taken down from Instagram.Tommy McClay

The Denver police department has fired an officer who posted a photo to Instagram with the caption "let's start a riot."

"The officer violated the Department's social media policy, posted content inconsistent with the values of the Department, and the officer has been terminated," the department announced on its official Twitter account.

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The now-deleted post showed officer Tommy McClay in riot gear alongside two other officers. McClay wrote "let's start a riot" below the photo on a day when his colleagues used tear gas and foam bullets on protesters in the city.

The post quickly got the attention of the Denver Police Department, which put McClay on leave while it investigated the incident. A day later, the department announced that McClay had been terminated.

The two other officers in the photo "did not condone or allow that to happen," the department found, so they will not be punished.

According to the Denver Post, McClay joined the Denver Police Department in October after graduating from the police academy. As a result, he "was within the nine-month probationary period all officers have after joining the department, which means he could be fired without all the processes that slow down internal investigations," the Post Read More – Source

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