Overland Park police officer fired after Facebook threat to Dallas woman

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (WIBW)- In the midst of riots, protests, and police deaths in Texas, Dallas-native Lanaydra Williams Skyped into the KCTV5 newsroom to tell the Kansas City CBS-affiliate about her harrowing encounter with a stranger online - a man who turned out to be from Overland Park, Kansas.

"People need to realize racism isn't dead. It isn't going anywhere," Williams said.

She had posted pictures of her young daughter, India, onto Facebook and the man wrote: "We'll see how much her life matters soon.. better be careful leaving your info open where she can be found :) hold her close tonight, it'll be the last time."

"I was upset because this is my child. If it had been me, it would have been different but this is my child," Williams said.

Williams didn't know anyone from Overland Park, that's why she was shocked when she went to the man's Facebook page and found a picture of a police uniform.

"I saw that he was a cop and I was like 'this is outrageous... this is not acceptable at all," she recalled.

Williams said the officer had no right to go after her daughter.

"I believe he should lose his badge, I really do. you cannot be a good cop and you're threatening kids online," she said.

The Overland Park Police Dept. launched an investigation into the post when Williams reported it. On Friday, the department confirmed the man was and officer. By 5:00 p.m., they had fired him.

Chief Francis Donchez, Jr., wrote in a statement: "I want to publicly apologize to those affected by our officer's personal actions. His actions to not represent the Overland Park Police Dept. in any way and no one should be subjected to any type of discrimination or this kind of behavior."

Williams says her story shows that racism between cops and people of color is real and that getting this out there should wake people up.

Williams will hold her 5-year-old India a little closer tonight, but she won't tell her what happened yet. She says that's a story for when her little girl is older.