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Local Representatives react to now deleted Missouri State Highway Patrol Tweet


State Representatives across Missouri are responding to a now deleted tweet sent out by Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F.

MSHP's now deleted tweet

The tweet, was in response to a 12-year-old found dead after getting swept away by floodwaters in north St. Louis County Saturday.

Since Saturday, multiple state representatives have called out Troop F including Raychel Proudie, State Representative in Ferguson who said the department was, "publicly finger wagging a grieving mother," on Twitter.

Proudie added she believes the department owes the family of the victim an apology.

Rep. Tony Lovasco (MO-64) also took to Twitter, saying he'd like to see the incident investigated.

Lovasco continued, saying he doesn't believe it was the department's intention to be cruel, however he doesn't believe it was a mistake.

John Hotz with MSHP said in response, "The Patrol’s social media sites are utilized to provide information related to Patrol activities and promote public safety. The message in question was intended for those purposes, was in no way intended to offend, and was removed."

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