Police investigate as photo shows detective, suspect posing

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Posted: Jan 05, 2015 8:30 PM

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam police have launched an internal investigation after a photo began circulating online showing a detective posing with a suspect accused of punching an infant.

The photo shows the officer in a vehicle with the woman holding a printout of her mug shot, The Pacific Daily News reported (http://bitly.com/1xvO775 ).

The officer, wearing a blue polo shirt and black sunglasses, has a friendly expression on his face but isn't smiling.

Internet users were sharing the photo on social media over the weekend.

The Pacific Daily News said it wasn't able to verify whether the officer posted the picture — which looks like a selfie — on social media.

It's uncertain what department policies, if any, would have been breached.

The Guam Police Department has policies governing the release of information related to personnel, investigations, suspects and victims, police spokesman A.J. Balajadia said.

"Policy can be broken based on releasing anything, even on social media," he said without providing further details.

Guam law says the police chief must prepare a public statement within 30 working days of receiving a complaint about the conduct of an officer.

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Information from: Pacific Daily News: http://www.guampdn.com