Police in the US are investigating after a photograph showing a man apparently kneeling on a baby’s neck was shared on social media.
The tattooed man flashes hand sign in the disturbing image, which included the caption: ““Blm now mf (Black Lives Matter now, motherf***er).”
The distressed infant, wearing a nappy, is pinned with its arms behind its back by a second person who is unidentifiable.
The man appears to be mimicking the death of George Floyd who was killed after a police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25.
Floyd’s death provoked an outcry and led to numerous Black Lives Matter protests in cities across the United States and around the world.
Clark County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio told local CBS affiliate WHIO-TV it was investigating the photo – but said no arrests have yet been made.
“We are looking into this case, however it is still an active investigation,” Major Chris Clark said.
“At this point we are actively looking into it and we are VERY early on into this investigation.”
The image sparked fury on social media when it was published on Thursday.
“Life in prison would be far too lenient here,” conservative blogger Matt Walsh wrote on Twitter.
WhioTV7 said that emergency scanner traffic revealed that deputies, police, and medics were called to two different addresses Tuesday morning in Clark County as a part of the investigation.