Family accuses Latah Co. Sheriff of Facebook bullying



Posted on June 25, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 29 at 5:45 PM

LATAH COUNTY, Idaho--  A Moscow woman is accusing law enforcement of bullying a man who killed himself over the weekend.

Andrew Cain, 19, committed suicide on Sunday.

His death came several days after the Latah County Sheriff’s Office posted a Facebook comment about Cain. The comment read:

“We have decided that Andrew Cain is no longer the Wanted Person of the Week… he is the Wanted Person of the Month of June. Congratulations!”

Loved ones told KREM 2 News that Cain was bullied by law enforcement.
Cain’s sister, Alise Smith spoke to KREM 2 News on Tuesday and called the post “childish.”

“Those are the people protecting us, that is just not right," she added.
Smith told Cain about the Facebook post. She said strangers began sending her brother online messages about the Facebook comment. Smith believes the messages became too much for Cain.

"It's like he couldn't escape it for five minutes cause everyone around him shared it and was bringing it up," added Smith.
Cain’s sister said she wants an apology from the person who actually made the online post.

Latah County Sheriff Wayne Rausch responded Tuesday. He said the post was not appropriate. Rausch added that it has never been his policy to include editorializing in media releases pertaining to the location and apprehension of persons wanted. He said the situation has been resolved and that the post was removed from Facebook.

The Sheriff also sent his condolences to Cain’s family.

“I was saddened to hear about the suicide of yet another young adult in our community,” added Rausch.

The Sheriff said the Facebook post was published Thursday. Cain was wanted for a few crimes including a drug related charge for marijuana.  Rausch said a warrant was issued for Cain based upon his behavior.

“We are commanded by the court to arrest those against whom the court has issued warrants,” added Rausch.