St. Louis, MO – A teen who was on the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s (SLMPD) Christmas list was seen making obscene gestures with both hands in a group photo posted by the department last week.
The unnamed juvenile was one of many children the SLMPD has paid special attention to this holiday season.
“Yesterday, #SLMPD Maj. Cousins and the 1st & 2nd District School Resource Officers delivered presents to several families on the South Patrol Division’s Christmas list for ‘South Patrol Toys for Kids 2020,’” the department wrote on its social media pages on Dec. 17.
The post was accompanied by multiple photos of excited children holding wrapped gifts as they stood with the officers.
But one of the heartwarming images was ruined by a teen who stood front-and-center, holding a gift wrapped in red snowflake paper, with both middle fingers raised at the camera.
SLMPD removed the image after being alerted about the unappreciative juvenile’s gesture, an anonymous source told The Police Tribune.
The officers were undeterred by the incident, and posted many more photos of their joyous gift-giving events in the days that followed.
The SLMPD has not responded to a request for comment about the incident.