"This is so staged and sad I'm not even mad," another ridiculed. "'make sure we have a black officer and white officer in the photo, too' 'Ooh good idea'."
But the most suspicious aspect social media users alluded to was the fact that support for Austin Police is probably at its lowest point ever following its violent shut down of protesters, which has left two young people hospitalized.
Student Justin Howell, 20, was left with a fractured skull and brain damage after he was shot with a "less-lethal" round in the head, as he protested the death of George Floyd last week.
Videos posted on social media show protesters carrying his unconscious body towards police lines looking for first aid, only to be fired on once again.
The day before, another shocking video showed 16-year old Brad Levi Ayala collapsing after he was also struck in the head with a beanbag round.
"How many cards has @Austin_Police sent to Justin Howell in the hospital?" one user asked. "You know, the kid that took a 'less-lethal' round to the head."
How many cards has @Austin_Police sent to Justin Howell in the hospital? You know, the kid that took a “less-lethal” round to the head.
And since there will be people who will tell me that I should be ashamed for calling out the 'fine' officers of Austin PD ,here is a video of police shooting at people carrying Justin Howell to your officers after they shot him. https://t.co/xp2by3IC0S