Brown probe handed over to Cumberland County DA

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 23, 2015 2:58 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- A police chief in Cumberland County whose department was investigating the acting state police commissioner for removing two roadside signs critical of him has made scathing comments online about Colonel Marcus Brown.

Pennlive reports Hampden Township Police Chief Steven Junkin acknowledged making the Facebook posts about Brown.

Junkin writes in one he'll do everything in his power to ensure Brown doesn't wear the state police uniform.  

Told of the postings, Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed says it would be best if he takes over the investigation.  

The signs criticized Brown for wearing a state police uniform, even though he didn't attend the State Police Academy.

Police had been investigating Brown for misdemeanor theft. He has apologized for his actions and says he acted as a parent to protect his children.

Brown says the person who posted the signs, a retired state trooper who spoke anonymously to WHTM-TV, had invaded his family's privacy by putting them by his children's bus stop and recording his actions on video.

Governor Tom Wolf says he still backs Brown for the post permanently. Republican senators want Brown's nomination withdrawn.  

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